Child and Adolescent Wellness Scale (CAWS)

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Copeland, E. P., Nelson, R. B., & Traughber, M. C. "Wellness dimensions relate to happiness in children and adolescents," Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 3 (4), 2011, pp. 25–37.
General information
Purpose The Children and Adolescent Wellness Scale assesses children’s social-emotional competencies across 10 psychological domain areas. Using the web-based application, schools can set up universal screening windows to assess students’ CAWS SEL core competencies by Teachers, Parents and Students. Determine a student’s SEL strengths and areas needing support Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of SEL curricula.
Domain(s) Goal Pursuit
Positive Affect
Sense of Meaning
Target population Child
Number of items 60
Administration format self-report
Additional formats
Alternate forms

The CAWS includes Teacher, Parent and Student (Self) Forms that can be delivered digitally through a web-based platform. The Teacher and Parent form is comprised of 40 items while the Self form includes 60 items (ages 11 to 18 yrs old).

Availability in other languages
Fee for use
Related information on use of the measure

The CAWS SEL core competencies include.

Emotional Self-Regulation
Social Competence
Non-exhaustive list of psychometric studies
Copeland, E. P., Nelson, R. B., & Traughber, M. C. (2010). Wellness Dimensions Relate to Happiness in Children and Adolescents. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 3(4), 25-37.
Additional information

To use the CAWS you will need a subscription to the CAWS platform.  

Step 1
Complete the Contact Us form and indicate your interest in the CAWS

Review the Price Table below.

Step 3
Download, complete, and email the CAWS order form below to: