SEEDS Assessment

The SEEDS Assessment stands for the Social-Emotional, Evidence-based Developmental Strengths Assessment. It is a 62-item self-report questionnaire designed to measure the social-emotional competency areas in children and adolescents that matter most. Based on the results of hundreds of rigorous, randomized controlled trials (spanning various countries and decades of research; Chorpita et al., 2011), the following areas represent the ‘evidence-based’ target areas of social-emotional development, measured together for the first time by the SEEDS Assessment!

These social-emotional skills and strength behaviors span the various (empirically-supported) cognitive and behavioral skills that have been found to be able to protect children and adolescents from both clinical and subclinical emotional and behavioral problems, including but not limited to sadness, depression, worry, anxiety, anger, and disruptive behavior (Chorpita et al., 2007; Weisz et al., 2012). The social-emotional strength behaviors listed above also increase youths’ self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-confidence, and overall happiness and well-being. By measuring and monitoring these social-emotional strength behaviors in our children and students, we are beginning the process of ‘planting, understanding, and nurturing the seeds’ that lead to successful, productive, and happy lives for our children and families.

Research Support. The SEEDS Assessment has undergone empirical testing to ensure that its scores are associated with adequate levels of reliability and validity. For example, a study was recently conducted and presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in New York showing strong support for the factor structure of the SEEDS Assessment scales, as well as good reliability and validity of its subscales, including significant correlations with happiness, depressive symptoms, and other negative emotions (Ebesutani, 2016).


Chorpita, B., Daleiden, E., Ebesutani, C.K., Young, J., Becker, K., Nakamura, B., … Starace, N. (2011, June). Evidence Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents: An Updated Review of Indicators of Efficacy and Effectiveness. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18(2), 154-172.

Chorpita, B.F., & Daleiden, E. (2007). Evidence-based services committee—Biennial report—Effective psychological interventions for youth with behavioral and emotional needs. Honolulu, HI: Hawaii Department of Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division.

Ebesutani, C.K. (2016, October). The Social-Emotional Evidence-based Developmental Strengths (SEEDS) Assessment: The development of a new assessment for assessing youth. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Weisz, J.R., Chorpita, B.F., Palinkas, L.A., Schoenwald, S.K., Miranda, J., Bearman, S.K., Daleiden, E.L., Ugueto, A.M., Ho, A., Martin, J., Gray, J., Alleyne, A., Langer, D.A., Southam-Gerow, M.A., Gibbons, R.D., and the Research Network on Youth Mental Health. (2012). Testing standard and modular designs for psychotherapy with youth depression, anxiety, and conduct problems: A randomized effectiveness trial. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 274-282.