PA087: Strength Based Assessment: Validation of the SEARS with Latino Youth

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:00 PM–4:50 PM


The psychometric properties of the Social-Emotional Assets Resilience Scale—Adolescent Short Form (SEARS-A-SF; Merrell, 2008) were validated with a Latino English Language Learner (ELL) sample of 124 adolescents (M age 14.62). Results showed that the SEARS-A-SF was both reliable and valid for the current sample. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the expected factor structure was still applicable for this population. Ways to use this measure for planning resiliency-building interventions for Latino ELLs will be discussed.


Sara M. Castro-Olivo, PhD, Texas A & M International, Laredo, TX