Measures of Child Wellbeing at School

Tools to Measure the Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents at School

Measures are listed from short to long in length of administration (based on the shortest form). Each title is hyperlinked to a corresponding section with more information. All measures are reliable and valid.

Free Measures of Child Wellbeing in a School Setting

These measures are for childrenThese are free measures

Name of Measure

Intended Participants

Length

Pros

Cons

Children’s Hope Scale

8-16 year olds

6 items

Based on Snyder’s Hope Theory
Extensively tested in schools

Available only in English

Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS) (Long & Brief Form)

8-18 year olds

6 items

40 items

Provides specific measures regarding family, friends, living environment, and school
Can be combined with hope and gratitude measures to provide a 3- pronged chronological view of wellbeing

 

Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS)

8-18 year olds

7 items

Can be combined with hope and gratitude measures to provide a 3- pronged chronological view of wellbeing

Provides little specific information about school-specific variables.

The Stirling Children’s Well-being Scale (SCWBS)

8-15 year olds

12 items

Provides short and holistic overview of wellbeing

Few, if any, available translations

Me and My Feelings (M&MF)

8+ year olds

16 items

 

No available translations

Me and My School Questionnaire (M&MS)

8+ year olds

16 items

Provides an overview of emotional and behavioral aspects of wellbeing

No available translations
Not yet widely tested

Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (SSWQ)

11-14 year olds

16 items

Provides a short holistic overview of wellbeing
Used with Renshaw’s
Teacher Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (TSWQ) can allow for greater continuity across populations

Few, if any, available translations

The Psychological Sense of School Membership (PSSM) (Adapted)

8+ year olds

18 items

Widely used
Version specifically adapted for a larger age range of students
One adaptation here, but several variations available
Multiple translations available

 

Social Emotional Health Survey-Primary (SEHS-P)

5-8 graders (and possible younger)

20 items

CoVitality Screener associated through Mosaic Network Inc. Secondary form can allow for continuity across grades (SEHS-S)
Widely tested
Provides comprehensive view of wellbeing
Free without use of the screener Widely tested
Provides comprehensive view of wellbeing

CoVitality Screener typically costs $500 (set up with custom configuration and training fee) and $1.25 per student


 

The School Attitude Questionnaire

Children (specifically tested with 11-13 year-olds)

22 items

Provides a general overview of students’ attitude with the option to pinpoint specific school strengths

Can be difficult to isolate each specific variable’s effect
Different dimensions of students’ attitudes not evenly distributed

The PedsQL Measurement Model 

2-18 year olds

23 items

Has a parent proxy report option
Available in multiple languages

Translations may not have ”undergone a full linguistic validation process” (ePROVIDE, 2019)

Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S)

7-12 graders

36 items

Widely tested
Provides comprehensive view of wellbeing
CoVitality Screener associated with this measure through Mosaic Network Inc.
Primary form can allow continuity across grades (see SEHS-P)
Free without use of the screener

The CoVitality Screener typically costs $500 (set up with custom configuration and training fee) and $1.25 per student

The Student Resilience Survey (SRS)

7+ year olds

47 items

Widely tested in England
Broad view of wellbeing and resilience across 12 subscales

Available only in English

Priced Measures of Child Wellbeing in a School Setting

These measures are for childrenThese are priced measures

Name of Measure

Intended Participants

Length

Pros

Cons/Price

Holistic Student Assessment (HSA)

3rd-12the graders

30 items or 10 min

61 items or 20 min

Available in 14 languages (more provided upon request)
Scores compared to national norms
Scores returned in a secure, dynamic dashboard (can be aggregated for different populations)
Scores returned within a week of administration

Fee charged by the developer for use.



Flourishing at School Survey (FAS)

Students and staff

62 questions or 30 minutes

Valid and reliable
Has student and staff module
Tested with over 7,500 students
Interprets and returns results in an online dynamic dashboard (can be aggregated for different populations)

Approximately $2500 base rate (includes 50 faculty accounts), $5 per student, and $50 for every additional faculty account




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