by Ovidiu Brazdau, Sadhna Sharma, Sona Ahuja

Article published in Elsevier Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 128, 22 April 2014, Pages 387–392.

The purpose of this study is to examine the difficulty level of the Consciousness Quotient Inventory (CQ-i) for adolescents. The previous validation of the CQ-i includes its administration in adults only; thus, in order to determine whether CQ-i can be administered in adolescents as well, the difficulty levels of the items were analyzed using a scale from very easy to very difficult.

The study is based on 100 participants (aged 13 to 17), from different schools in Agra, India. The results indicate that the overall difficulty level of CQ-i was easy to moderate. An age-wise analysis indicates that the difficulty level is relatively higher for younger adolescents (aged 13-14) as compared with older ones (aged 15-17). Some specific areas of difficulty and the limitations of the CQ-i in Indian contexts are discussed.