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APPA Scotland creates groundbreaking tools used to assess the “resilience” of children and young adults. Find out how this child-centric, easy-to-use, digital assessment produces a resilience report on each user.

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APPA Wellbeing maintains all data within the UK and manages data in line with GDPR. We are signatories to the 5 Rights foundation. Ensuring that young people remain safe while they thrive.

Assessing Wellbeing in a Digital Age

APPA (Adaptive Processing Psychological Assessment) has created a powerful app, BeingMe, designed to assess child and youth well-being. BeingMe uses digital technology to tap into the minds of young people. The wellbeing and resilience of young people is a major issue across the world. Teenagers face more complex stresses than in the past, leading to greater levels of anxiety and depression. As parents and teachers know, a young person will not always confide in an adult when they have a problem.

So, to prevent young people falling into a vacuum where they cannot access help or even talk about their issues, APPA Scotland has come up with a novel and creative solution, BeingMeAugmenting the incredible work of guidance teachers and parents, BeingMe will provide the young person with a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses, enabling a more focused approach to building wellbeing either through self-help or counselling.

To find out more about the BeingMe app, have a look at the BeingMe Website.

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A Functional Meaningful Outcome

BeingMe
BeingMe makes it easy for teachers to assess and identify young people who may be struggling with their health and wellbeing. The app self-administers the assessment to young people. Simply hand out a device with the app installed, let the student install the app on their own device or visit our web-based application and let the young person work through the assessment. The young person can complete the assessment whenever and wherever they are most comfortable. This means a huge amount of information about pupil wellbeing is generated outside of classroom time. When a young person uses BeingMe they meet Alex, an avatar who guides them through the app and asks them questions about their life. All the individual answers the young person gives to each question on the app are private and stored securely. They are only shared with others if the young person has given permission for them to be. If it becomes apparent there is an area of their life they need support in, Alex will encourage them to seek help from a trusted adult.
APPA Portal

After completing an assessment, teachers can access the young person’s Report on the APPA teachers portal, providing insight into the wellbeing of the student. The portal will alert a teacher if a student scores particularly low on an assessment and also allows teachers to view students previous reports to ensure the current level of support is helping to improve the young person’s wellbeing. These reports provide schools with;

  • A common wellbeing baseline for all pupils
  • Early targeted identification of wellbeing issues that are symptomless
  • Targeted conversations with young people about specific issues in their life
  • Focused intervention that leaves young people ready to thrive

This helps educators and professionals develop resilience to its fullest potential.

A new measure of Wellbeing
The simple 8 indicator SHANARRI report was previously criticised by the high court of Scotland as being too general. Working with Dr Julienne McGeough of Liverpool Hope University, APPA Scotland has developed this into the SHANNARI40®. This measurement focuses on 40 sub-constructs of the 8 indicators to generate reports that are more in-depth and detailed than a SHANARRI report. With the help of Dr McGeough, we’ve integrated three innovative scales for measuring Wellbeing into BeingMe:

  • SHANARRI40™
  • My World Triangle
  • Resilience Matrix

Each resulting measurement gives teachers and carers valuable insight into the lives of the young people they are working with.

Assessment
BeingMe gives schools the capability to assess resilience and wellbeing based on quantitative data that has been validated in a 10-year study costing over CAD 1million. Working with a leader in the field of resilience in young people, Dr Michael Ungar (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia), we have embodied this research into the assessment. In a trial carried out by Liverpool Hope University with over 1200 young people. It was found that the test/retest reliability of the app was greater than that of a paper assessment. The overall scores were also lower when pupils used BeingMe than when they completed the assessment on paper, suggesting they were more truthful when using the app. BeingMe removes adults from the assessment process by using digital technology that young people can relate to. This provides a more accurate and objective assessment than other assessment methods. The reports provide insights into young peoples strengths, the risks they face and the resources available to help them. This allows teachers and professionals to identify pupils who would benefit from extra support in some areas.  

Privacy and Data

BeingMe maintains all data within the UK and manages data in line with GDPR. We are signatories to the 5 rights foundation. (https://5rightsfoundation.com/) ensuring that young people remain safe while they thrive.

Resilience Defined

 

The term resilience generally refers to a person’s ability to overcome adversity. In fact, research shows that resilience is very seldom an individual quality at all, but a process. Resilience is our ability to navigate to positive experiences that sustain our wellbeing. When given opportunities to experience wellbeing and competence our resilience improves. These experiences can come from many sources, such as families, schools, health services and communities.

This understanding of resilience shifts our focus when encouraging positive development through adversity. Whilst individual qualities are important, so too are the resources provided to them. When these are easily accessible, and provided in ways the individual values, this helps to further build resilience. Individuals who are best able to interact with the resources available to them show the most resilience during adversity.

To find out more about resilience, please visit the Resilience Research Centre website www.resilienceresearch.org.

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Get the app

If you’d like to learn more about the BeingMe app then have a look at the BeingMe Website.

To buy a subscription to BeingMe and the APPA Portal for your school please click here.