Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire
The Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (SSWQ) is a 16-item self-report behavior rating scale for measuring youths' school-specific wellbeing. It's comprised of four subscales: (1) Joy of Learning, (2) School Connectedness, (3) Educational Purpose, and (4) Academic Efficacy. Subscale scores can be used as standalone wellbeing indicators or they can be summed to create a Total Student Wellbeing Scale.
Research shows that responses to all SSWQ scales have at least adequately internally reliability and that the Total Wellbeing Scale score has discriminant and convergent validity with responses to measures of risks and assets. Responses to the Academic Efficacy Scale have also been shown to be a strong predictor of several actual school outcomes: GPA, standardized test scores for math and English Language Arts (ELA), classroom behavioral performance, absences, and suspensions.
The SSWQ is intended to be used for practical purposes as an outcome and progress-monitoring measure, and potentially as a screening instrument. Yet further research is needed to investigate its treatment utility for these purposes.
Key research articles on the SSWQ:
- Assessing adolescents’ positive psychological functioning at school: Development and validation of the Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (Renshaw, Long, & Cook, 2015).
- A replication of the technical adequacy of the Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (Renshaw, 2015).
- Psychometric properties of the Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire with Turkish adolescents: A generalizability study (Renshaw & Arslan, 2016).
- Further validation of the Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire: Comparing first-order and second-order factor effects on actual school outcomes (Renshaw & Chenier, 2016).