THE 'DO YOU KNOW' SCALE

 

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. Carter G. Woodson

How much do you know about your parents?
What do your kids know about their parents?

 

Try out the DYK scale.

 

THE DO YOU KNOW SCALE, a measure developed by Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush of Emory University. The scale is comprised of 20 questions seeking knowledge about family history. 

 

Children who score high on the Do You Know scale are associated with higher levels of self-esteem, an internal locus of control, better family functioning, lower levels of anxiety, fewer behavioral problems, and better chances for good outcomes if faced with educational or emotional/behavioral difficulties.

 

The following questions test knowledge of things that children could not possibly have learned first hand but from others through stories, writings or other indirect resources. Mostly, this storytelling happens at family dinners and family occasions, and mostly it’s the mothers and grandmothers who do the transmitting.

Instructions: Answer each question according to the way you personally feel. Check the box if it is at least somewhat true for you.

Do You Know Scale

Do you know how your parents met?

Do you know where your mother grew up?

Do you know where your father grew up?

Do you know where some of your grandparents grew up?

Do you know where some of your grandparents met?

Do you know where your parents were married?

Do you know what went on when you were being born?

Do you know the source of your name?

Do you know some things about what happened when your brothers or sisters were being born?

Do you know which person in your family you look most like?

Do you know which person in the family you act most like?

Do you know some of the illnesses and injuries that your parents experienced when they were younger?

Do you know some of the lessons that your parents learned from good or bad experiences?

Do you know some things that happened to your mom or dad when they were in school?

Do you know the national background of your family (such as English, German, Russian, etc)?

Do you know some of the jobs that your parents had when they were young?

Do you know some awards that your parents received when they were young?

Do you know the names of the schools that your mom went to?

Do you know the names of the schools that your dad went to?

Do you know about a relative whose face “froze” in a grumpy position because he or she did not smile enough?

All Done!

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Thank you,

The My Roots Foundation Staff

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