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Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales™

Kenneth W. Merrell, PhD

Assesses positive social-emotional attributes of children and adolescents
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
5 years to 18 years
20 minutes
Qualification level:
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.
  • Parent forms are available in Spanish.

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.