Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S)

The Social Emotional Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S) is a 36-item self-report measure of students’ social and emotional strengths. The 12 subscales (each consisting of three items) are associated with four domains of positive social-emotional health: belief in self, belief in others, emotional competence, and engaged living. These four correlated domains assess the higher-order construct of covitality. The SEHS-2020 is the most recent validated version.


6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade
Other Language/s
Japanese, Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Slovakian, Dutch

Administration Information

36 items

Access and Use




Michael Furlong

Use in Research

Chan, M. K., Sharkey, J. D., Nylund-Gibson, K., Dowdy, E., & Furlong, M. J. (2022). Social support profiles associations with adolescents' psychological and academic functioning. Journal of School Psychology, 91, 160-177. 

Cheong, Y., Zhu, Q., Wang, C., He, M., & Ye, Y. (2022). COVID-19 Stressful Life Events and Chinese Adolescents’ Mental Health: Examining Resilience, Peer Relationship, and Parenting as Moderators. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 1-26. 

Moore, S. A., Dowdy, E., Nylund-Gibson, K., & Furlong, M. J. (2019). A latent transition analysis of the longitudinal stability of dual-factor mental health in adolescence. Journal of School Psychology, 73, 56-73. 

O’Malley, M. D., Cerna, R., Romero, L., Zhang, G., & Furlong, M. J. (2021). Reducing the Impact of Bias-Based Bullying on Suicidal Thoughts Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Are Psychological Strengths Enough? School Mental Health, 1-17.


Computer scoring
Psychometric References

Carnazzo, K., Dowdy, E., Furlong, M. J., & Quirk, M. P. (2019). An evaluation of the Social Emotional Health Survey—Secondary for use with students with learning disabilities. Psychology in the Schools, 56(3), 433-446. 

Furlong, M. J., Dowdy, E., Nylund-Gibson, K., Wagle, R., Carter, D., & Hinton, T. (2021). Enhancement and standardization of a universal social-emotional health measure for students’ psychological strengths. Journal of Well-Being Assessment, 4(3), 245-267. 

Furlong, M. J., You, S., Renshaw, T. L., Smith, D. C., & O’Malley, M. D. (2014). Preliminary development and validation of the social and emotional health survey for secondary school students. Social Indicators Research, 117(3), 1011-1032. 

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. 

Wagle, R., Dowdy, E., Furlong, M. J., Nylund-Gibson, K., Carter, D., & Hinton, T. (2022). Anonymous Versus Self-Identified Response Formats for School Mental Health Screening. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 47(2), 112-117.

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Psychometric Considerations

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