Social and Emotional Health Survey
Visit Dr. Mike Furlong's website to download and learn more about this measure. Dr. Furlong and colleagues are the lead developers of this instrument.
The Social and Emotional Health Survey (SEHS) is a 32-item self-report behavior rating scale for measuring youths' social-emotional competencies. It's comprised of 12 subscales: (1) Self-Awareness, (2) Self-Efficacy, (3) Persistence, (4) Family Support, (5) Peer Support, (6) School Support, (7) Emotional Regulation, (8) Self-Control, (9) Empathy, (10) Gratitude, (11) Zest, and (12) Optimism. Subscale scores can be used as standalone indicators of social-emotional wellbeing or they can be summed to create four domain scales: (1) Belief in Self, (2) Belief in Others, (3) Emotional Competence, and (4) Engaged Living. These domains scores can also be summed to create a composite Covitality Scale.
Research shows that responses to the domain scales and the Covitality Scale have strong internally reliability as well as convergent and discriminant validity with various indicators of wellbeing and mental health problems. Responses to some of the subscales, however, have been shown to have sub-optimal internal reliability with small samples.
The SEHS is intended to be used for practical purposes as a screening instrument and several studies have been conducted to demonstrate its potential utility for this purpose. Yet further research is needed to demonstrate its treatment utility.
Key articles for the SEHS:
- Preliminary development and validation of the Social and Emotional Health Survey for secondary students (Furlong et al., 2014).
- Further validation of the Social and Emotional Health Survey for high school students (You et al., 2014).
- Psychometric properties of the Social and Emotional Health Survey with a small sample of academically at-risk adolescents (Renshaw, 2016).