Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (SSWQ)

Attitudes to Learning
Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (SSWQ)

Research has shown how various types of student subjective well-being are related to positive educational outcomes. Student subjective well-being has been shown to correlate positively with achievement (particularly in primary school students) and feeling accepted and fitting in at school (particularly in secondary school students).

The SSWQ is a 16-item measure for assessing subjective wellbeing of pupils in the school environment. It includes 4 key areas of school life and wellbeing looking deeper into school connectedness and belonging, academic efficacy, joy of learning and educational purpose. School connectedness is linked to levels of anxiety and Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

  • School connectedness is defined as feeling cared for by and relating well to others at school;
  • Academic efficacy is defined as appraising one’s academic behaviours as effectively meeting environmental demands;
  • Joy of learning is defined as experiencing positive emotions and cognitions when engaged in academic tasks;
  • Educational purpose is defined as appraising school and academic tasks as important and meaningful.

Subscale scores can be used as standalone wellbeing indicators or summed to create a Overall Student Wellbeing composite scale.

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Tyler Renshaw

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