Extensive Validation Evidence

The Social Emotional Health Surveys were developed in 2010 and have been extensively evaluated via university-school partnerships. We make our best effort to substantiate the credibility, utility, and psychometric properties of these measures through publications in peer-reviewed journals.

We are in Year 4 of an Institute of Education Sciences funded project. In September 2017, we began a three-year longitudinal study of students in Grades 9-11, which we will conclude in October 2019). With our WestEd partners, we have also complied a cross-sectional sample of 120,000 secondary (Grades 7-12) students.


Refinement and standardization technical report for the SEHS-Secondary (2020) now available.



APA Formatted SEHS References

More than 100 studies worldwide report on the psychometric properties, validation evidence, and practical applications of the Social Emotional Health Survey

Recent Presentations

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Recent Publications

California Association of School Psychologist

Long Beach, CA, October 24, 2019

Monitoring Students' Complete Mental Wellness: Tier 1 and Tier 2 Best Practices

Institute of Education Sciences PI Meeting

Washington, DC, January 8, 2020

Poster #56 SEHS-Secondary 2020

Western Positive Psychology Association

Clairemont, CA, January 25, 2020

California Student Wellness Study: Assessing Students' Complete Social Emotional Health

Iida, J., Ito, A., Aoyama, I., Sugimoto, K., Endo, H., & Furlong, M. J.  (2019). Development of the Japanese version of Social Emotional Health Survey. Japanese Journal of Psychology. 94, 795–809. doi:10.4992/jjpsy.90.17222

Carnazzo, K., Dowdy, E., Furlong, M. J., & Quirk, M. (2019). An evaluation of the Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary for use with students with learning disabilities. Psychology in the Schools, 56, 433–446. 10.1002/pits.22199


Moore, S., 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. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2019.03.003

Kim, E., Furlong, M. J., & Dowdy, E. (2019). Adolescents' personality traits and positive psychological orientations: Relations with emotional distress and life satisfaction mediated by school connectedness. Child Indicators Research. First online 15 January 2019.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-019-9619-y

Moore, S., Dowdy, E., Nylund-Gibson, K., & Furlong, M. J. (2019). An empirical approach to complete mental health classification in adolescents. School Mental Health, 11, 438–453. doi:10.1007/s12310-019-09311-7


Moffa, K., Wagle, R., Dowdy, E., Pailkara, O., Castro, S., Dougherty, D., & Furlong, M. J. (2019, in press). The Me and My School Questionnaire: Examining the cross-cultural validity of a children's self-report mental health measure. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. First online 16, Aug 2019. doi:10.1080/21683603.2019.1650858

Covitality Research

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