CoVitality Social Emotional Health Surveys (SEHS)

The CoVitality SEHS, partially funded by IES at the US Department of Education, aligns with national frameworks of social-emotional competencies, measuring student strengths. There are three forms for use in corresponding grade levels: primary, secondary, and higher education.


Self Awareness,
Self Management,
Social Awareness,
Relationship Skills,
Responsible Decision Making

Empathy, Optimism, Persistence, Self-Control, Zest, Gratitude, Self-Efficacy, Family Coherence, Peer Support, School Support

1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary
Other Language/s
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Administration Information

16-36 items

Access and Use


Michael Furlong, PhD

Open Access
Use in Research

Hinton, T., Dowdy, E., Furlong, M. J., Nylund-Gibson, K., Carter, D., & Wagle, R. (2021). Examining the Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary for Use with Latinx Youth. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 39(2), 242–246.

Jones, C. N., You, S., & Furlong, M. J. (2013). A preliminary examination of covitality as integrated wellbeing in college students. Social Indicators Research, 111, 511–526.

Wilkins, B., Boman, P., & Mergler, A. (2015). Positive psychological strengths and school engagement in primary school children. Cogent Education, 2, 1–11.

Zachariah, S., Boman, P., Mergler, A., & Furlong, M. J. (2015). Examining well-being, anxiety, and self-deception in university students. Cogent Psychology, 2, 1–17.


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Psychometric References

Furlong, M. J., You, S., Shishim, M., & Dowdy, E. (2017). Development and validation of the Social Emotional Health Survey–Higher Education Version. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12, 343–367.

Furlong, M. J., Nylund-Gibson, K., Dowdy, E., Wagle, R., Hinton, T., & Carter, D. (2020). Modification and standardization of Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary— 2020 edition. University of California Santa Barbara, International Center for School Based Youth Development.

Renshaw, T. R. (2016). Technical adequacy of the Positive Experiences at School Scale with Adolescents. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 33, 757–768.

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