Background

Findings from 15 Years of Research using the SEW Survey

Between 2003 and 2017, more than 135 000 students in Years 2 to 12 from over 700 government, independent and Catholic schools completed the Social-Emotional Wellbeing Survey. This research has revealed important insights into the social and emotional wellbeing of young people.

View an infographic summarising the findings.

Access the complete research paper Ecological Levels of Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Young People by Michael E. Bernard and Andrew Stephanou.

Other research

In 2003, the Australian Council for Educational Research first published a set of social and emotional wellbeing survey instruments developed by Professor Michael E. Bernard (Melbourne Graduate School of Education). They were designed to measure different aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of students enrolled in early childhood programs (preparatory, kindergartens and pre-schools), primary schools and secondary schools.

In 2007, ACER, in conjunction with Australian Scholarships Group, undertook a collaborative research project on the SEW Surveys of a large sample of students. The de-identified data was subjected to methodological analysis to determine the survey's suitability for describing different levels of students’ social and emotional wellbeing. This report was able to shed further light on the social and emotional wellbeing of young people in Australia.

ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report
A Research Project conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research

Michael E. Bernard Ph.D
Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne
Andrew Stephanou 
Australian Council for Educational Research
Daniel Urbach
Australian Council for Educational Research

The State of Student Social and Emotional Health
Excerpts and findings from the ASG Student Social and Emotional Health Report for media, parents, educators and the community

Since 2008, the report for schools has included comparisons to a pool of 'All Schools' data which currently consists of results from over 38 000 surveys from students who completed the survey online between 2013–2015. This provides schools with the opportunity to compare their students' social-emotional wellbeing scores with those of other schools who have completed the survey.