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Children's Motivation Scale (CMS)
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Short Description of Instrument

The Children's Motivation Scale (CMS) is a sixteen-item scale that can be used to evaluate the level of motivation in children and adolescents ages 6 to 16.


Sixteen items are answered on a five-level (0 to 4) scale for a total possible score ranging from 0 to 64. Lower scores indicate more apathy.


Gerring, J., Freund, L., Gerson, A., Joshi, P., Capozzoli, J., Frosch, E., Brady, K., Marin, R., and Denckla, M. (1996). Psychometric characteristics of the Children's Motivation Scale. Psychiatry Res 63(2-3), 205-217.


Document last updated February 2018