CoverIntroductionWhy Is Wellbeing Important in Schools?What is Wellbeing?Considerations: How Does Wellbeing Function in LifeA Measure Suited for Your SchoolEthical ConsiderationsNecessary PermissionImplementationApplication of DataMeasures of Child Wellbeing Gratitude MeasuresWarwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS)Positive and Negative Affect Schedule for Children (PANAS-C)EPOCH Measure of Adolescent Well-beingSix Seconds Youth Version (SEI-YV)Measures of Child Wellbeing at SchoolChildren’s Hope ScaleMultidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS)Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS)The Stirling Children's Well-being Scale (SCWBS)Me and My Feelings (M&MF)Me and My School Questionnaire (M&MS)Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (SSWQ)The Psychological Sense of School Membership (PSSM) (Adapted)Social Emotional Health Survey-Primary (SEHS-P)The School Attitude QuestionnaireThe PedsQL Measurement Model Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S)The Student Resilience Survey (SRS)Holistic Student Assessment (HSA)Flourishing at School Survey (FAS)Measures of Adult WellbeingSubjective Happiness Scale (SHS)The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWL)Contentment with Life Assessment Scale (CLAS)Flourishing Scale (FS)The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ)Comprehensive and Brief Inventory of Thriving (CIT & BIT)Mental Health Continuum Short and Long Form (MHC-SF)Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)The PERMA ProfilerMeasures of Adult Wellbeing at WorkTeacher Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (TSWQ)Job-related Affective Well-being Scale (JAWS)The Workplace PERMA-ProfilerJob Satisfaction Survey (JSS)The Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Questionnaire The PERMAH Workplace Survey Psychological Capital Questionnaire (PCQ)Maslach Burnout Inventory: Educator's Survey (MBI-ES)Measures of Cultural WellbeingSchool Culture Triage SurveyMy Class Inventory-Short Form (MCI-SF)School-Level Environment Questionnaires (SLEQ)The Omnibus T-ScaleMy Class Inventory-Short Form for Teachers (TMCI-SF)Individualised Classroom Environment Questionnaire (ICEQ)ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLES)Student Engagement Instrument (SEI)Classroom Environment ScaleOther Resources
Assessing Wellbeing in Schools

Social Emotional Health Survey-Primary (SEHS-P)

This measure is for childrenThis is a free measure

The SEHS-P has 20 items that measure gratitude, optimism, zest, persistence,  and prosocial behavior (Project CoVitality). This survey is appropriate for students in Grades 5-8 and possibly younger.  Students respond to each item on a 4-point Likert scale: for example, “I am lucky to go to my school” (Furlong). It is reliable and valid. A version is available specifically for secondary students. This survey can be administered through Mosaic Network Inc.’s CoVitality Screener. Though it requires a substantial purchase, this app allows students to take the survey online and receive results in real time. The screener compiles their responses into an intuitive report that facilitating insights on individual and group wellbeing (see image to the right). All data are secure and comply with HIPAA and FERPA. It also includes additional scales, making it optimal for universal screenings for school well being. To review the SEHS-P, click here. 


Pros for Schools

Cons for Schools

20 items
Comprehensive view of wellbeing
Widely tested
Secondary form allowing for continuity across grades (SEHS-S)
Associated Covatlity App available through Mosaic Network Inc. (Includes fee)

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

Images in this sections are used with permission by Mosaic Network Inc. 

Suggestions for Further Research

Furlong, M. (n.d.). Project CoVitality: Social Emotional Health Survey-Primary. Retrieved December 19, 2018, from

Furlong, M. (2016). Project CoVitality. Retrieved from

Mosaic Network Inc. (n.d.). Covitality. Retrieved from

Project CoVitality. (n.d.). Measures. Retrieved October 29, 2019, from

SEHS System. (n.d.). Social-Emotional Health Survey system.

For a more complete list of relevant academic articles, click here.


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