Measures of Child Wellbeing

Tools to Measure the General Wellbeing of Children & Adolescents

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 General Setting

These measures are for childrenThese are free measures

Name of Measure

Intended Participants

Length

Pros

Cons

Gratitude Measures

Children

3 items

6 items

16 or 44 items

-Chrono-perspective of wellbeing from combining gratitude with life satisfaction and hope 

-No single valid and reliable gratitude measure; combination with life satisfaction required

Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS)

Youth 13 yrs+ and adults

7 items/ 14 items

-available in over 25 languages

-widely used in UK, Iceland, Spain

-Requires registration

Positive and Negative Affect Schedule for Children (PANAS-C)

Children

10 items/20 items

-Includes shortened 10-item version

-Assesses only positive and negative emotions

EPOCH Measure of Adolescent Well-being

Adolescents

20 items

-Specifically adapted from Seligman’s PERMA model for youth

-Freely available, requiring registration

-Available in Chinese, German, Spanish, and Turkish

 

Priced Measures of Child Wellbeing in a General Setting

These measures are for childrenThese are priced measures

Name of Measure

Intended Participants

Length

Pros

Cons/Price

Six Seconds Youth Version (SEI-YV)

2nd-12th graders

99 items/ 15-20 minutes

-Available in multiple languages 

-Scoring is done by developer with validated norms

-Recommended by CASEL

-provides a general overview of 37 social/emotional skills

-Costs $5 per student plus certification/ course fees

-Long: 99 items and 4 short answer questions

 

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