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Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S): A Universal Screening Measure of Social-Emotional Strengths for Spanish-Speaking Adolescents

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Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, Campus of Elche, Miguel Hernandez University (UMH), 03202 Elche, Spain
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Department of Psychology, Campus of Los Jerónimos, Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), 30107 Murcia, Spain
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Department of Developmental Psychology and Didactics, Faculty of Education, Campus of San Vicente del Raspeig, University of Alicante (UA), 03690 Alicante, Spain
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International Center for School Based Youth Development, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, Gevirtz School, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), CA 93106-9490, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 4982; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16244982
Received: 10 November 2019 / Revised: 4 December 2019 / Accepted: 5 December 2019 / Published: 7 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emotional and Behavioural Adjustment in Adolescence)
The Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S), which is a measure of core psychological assets based on a higher-order model of Covitality, is comprised of 36 items and four latent traits (with three measured subscales): belief in self (self-efficacy, self-awareness, and persistence), belief in others (school support, family coherence, and peer support), emotional competence (emotional regulation, behavioral self-control, and empathy), and engaged living (gratitude, zest, and optimism). Previous international studies have supported the psychometric properties of the SEHS-S. The present study extended this research by examining the psychometric properties of a Spanish-language adaptation with a sample of 1042 Spanish adolescents (Mage = 14.49, SD = 1.65.). Confirmatory factor analyses replicated the original factorial structure, with hierarchical omega between 0.66–0.93, with 0.94 for the total score. Factorial invariance across genders revealed small latent mean differences. A path model evaluated concurrent validity, which revealed a significant association between Covitality and bidimensional mental health (psychological distress and well-being). Specifically, correlational analyses showed a negative association with internalizing/externalizing symptoms, and positive associations with subjective well-being, health-related quality of life, and prosocial behaviors. This study provides an example of a culturally relevant adaptation of an international tool to measure student strengths, which is critical to planning school programming and policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; positive mental health; social and emotional health survey-secondary; Covitality; measurement adolescents; positive mental health; social and emotional health survey-secondary; Covitality; measurement
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Piqueras, J.A.; Rodriguez-Jimenez, T.; Marzo, J.C.; Rivera-Riquelme, M.; Martinez-Gonzalez, A.E.; Falco, R.; Furlong, M.J. Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S): A Universal Screening Measure of Social-Emotional Strengths for Spanish-Speaking Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4982. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16244982

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Piqueras JA, Rodriguez-Jimenez T, Marzo JC, Rivera-Riquelme M, Martinez-Gonzalez AE, Falco R, Furlong MJ. Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S): A Universal Screening Measure of Social-Emotional Strengths for Spanish-Speaking Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(24):4982. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16244982

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Piqueras, Jose A., Tiscar Rodriguez-Jimenez, Juan C. Marzo, Maria Rivera-Riquelme, Agustin E. Martinez-Gonzalez, Raquel Falco, and Michael J. Furlong 2019. "Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S): A Universal Screening Measure of Social-Emotional Strengths for Spanish-Speaking Adolescents" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 24: 4982. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16244982

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