Worth-it is excited to announce that we have been chosen as the VIA Institute’s UK partner for the revalidation of the VIA-Youth. We will be supporting UK schools to take part in the research study being conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in the USA. For more information about VIA click https://www.viacharacter.org
About the VIA-Youth survey
The VIA-Youth Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that provides a wealth of information to help children and young people understand core characteristics and strengths and is one of the most widely used instruments in the world for the measurement of character. The purpose of the revalidation study is to make the measure more robustly evaluated, as well as increasing readability and access, by making the questionnaire suitable for ages 8-17 years old. We are proud to say three of our UK partner schools have been involved in the question review process.
This study also sees the addition of parent and teacher questionnaires to develop a more accurate and holistic picture of the child or young person’s strengths. This is an important research study that will make a valuable contribution of knowledge in how to support children and young people understand, develop and use character strengths.
Why are character strengths important?
Understanding and using character strengths is essential for the development of wellbeing and resilience and is associated with several positive outcomes including, achievement and attainment. Strengths-based approaches are an exciting field of Positive Psychology in Education and something we specialise in here at Worth-it.
How to get involved in the study
We are looking for a number of UK schools both primary and secondary to take part in the study.
The study will involve arranging access to one class per participating year group, years 5- 13 (aged 8 -17). The study will also involve short parent and teacher questionnaires. The study will be completed by the end of the 2017 academic year.
All participating schools will Worth-it’s receive ‘Character strengths resource toolkit’ with activity plans and classroom resources that ensure that pupils can use an understanding of character strengths to improve wellbeing and resilience.
If you are interested in your school being involved in this study and gaining access to our engaging evidence-based resources for developing wellbeing and resilience, please get in touch with us for more details.
To find out how to enrol your school and what is involved in the school selection process:
Contact us here with your name, school and email, stating ‘Participation in the VIA survey’ as the title of your enquiry.
We will get back to you with further information about what is involved and how to take part.