The Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) is a self-report assessment intended to measure an individual’s possession of 24 character strengths. Since the test’s development in 2004, one million people have taken the VIA-IS and it has been translated into ten languages. The test shows good reliability on measures of internal consistency and test-retest correlations and correlates substantially with self-nominations of strengths. Though the test shows few psychometric differences among the major U.S. census groups, culture-bound virtues that the VIA-IS does not assess for should also be taken into consideration. The VIA-IS allows counselors to gain a more comprehensive view of clients by providing a common language for discussing strengths.
LaFollette, Alison M.
"The Values in Action Inventory of Strengths: A Test Summary and Critique,"
Graduate Journal of Counseling Psychology: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: http://epublications.marquette.edu/gjcp/vol2/iss1/3