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ERIC Number: EJ1098438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
A Critical Analysis of the Child and Adolescent Wellness Scale (CAWS)
Weller-Clarke, Alandra
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2006 n1 Fall 2006
Current practice for assessing children and adolescents rely on objectively scored deficit-based models and/or informal assessments to determine how maladaptive behaviors affect performance. Social-emotional assessment instruments are used in schools and typically provide information related to behavioral and emotional deficits, but provide little information related to a child's adaptive qualities. The Child and Adolescent Wellness Survey (CAWS) fills a gap in the psychological assessment literature. The CAWS was designed to assess strengths and competencies in school-aged children across multiple domains, each uniquely associated with healthy child outcomes. These domains include: adaptability, connectedness, conscientiousness, emotional self-regulation, empathy, initiative, mindfulness, optimism, self-efficacy, and social competence. Based upon a set of theoretical foundations including positive psychology, resilience research, and prevention science, the CAWS poses potential as a valuable assessment resource for psychologists and educators who strive to foster resilience and social-emotional competence in children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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