by Nina Kumar
Posted on January 22, 2021
Authentic Connections has launched the Children’s Resilience Survey (CRS), a reimagining of our Student Resilience Survey (SRS) for students in grades 2-5. We know from developmental science that anxiety and depression can begin affecting children at a young age, and we are committed to helping our partner schools proactively address factors impacting the resilience and well-being of all members of their communities. We believe it is crucial to support students during their formative years, especially during times of extreme uncertainty.
The WBI measures four symptom areas that have been increasing among youth in recent years: anxiety, depression, rule breaking behaviors, and substance use. Additionally, the WBI measures a fifth area: isolation at school. School based relationships can strongly affect students’ well being and, accordingly, this kind of information about school climate can be valuable for school administrators who hope to build student resilience.
The CRS mirrors the Student Resilience Survey, measuring levels of anxiety and depression in relation to modifiable aspects of student life. Schools that administer the CRS will gain invaluable insight into the mental health of their young students and walk away with clear actionable steps that can be taken to better support them.
Several changes were made to ensure that the CRS is developmentally appropriate for students in grades 2-5. The CRS differs from the Student Resilience Survey in these key areas: