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SEARS

Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales™

Kenneth W. Merrell, PhD

Purpose:
Assesses positive social-emotional attributes of children and adolescents
Format:
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
5 years to 18 years
Time:
20 minutes
Qualification level:
B
B
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Focusing on a child’s strengths, the SEARS can be used with children and adolescents who exhibit a variety of clinical problems or who are at high risk for developing such problems.

Features and benefits

  • Includes separate assessment forms for children (ages 8 to 12 years or Grades 3 to 6) and for adolescents (ages 13 to 18 years or Grades 7 to 12), as well as teacher report forms and parent report forms. The forms may be used for any combination of student, parent, and teacher assessment.
  • All forms measure common constructs (e.g., self-regulation, responsibility, social competence, empathy), but also include items designed to capture the unique perspective of the rater. Items are phrased as desirable positive characteristics.

Test structure

Separate short forms (12 items each) are also available. SEARS short forms best reflect the global construct of social resiliency measured by the full-length rating forms and require very little time to administer. They are practical for repeated assessment (i.e., progress monitoring) or class- or school-wide screening of students.

Available in Spanish

SEARS Parent Forms, including the Rating Booklet, Summary/Profile Form, and Short Form, have all been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses English norms only.

Scoring program available

The SEARS-SP offers Score Reports, Progress Monitoring Reports, and Integrated Score Reports and can be used with both long and short forms.