Strong souls assessment tool

Strong souls was developed as a measure of social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) for use in the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study to examine how SEWB factors impact biomarkers of chronic adult disease[1-4]. It has also been used in studies investigating the SEWB of Aboriginal people in substance misuse rehabilitation [5]and prison settings[6].

At the moment Strong Souls is freely available and recommended only for research or screening purposes. It has not yet been validated in a clinical setting and there are currently no guidelines or manual available for its use or scoring. More work is required before it is recommended for use in a clinical setting however we would be supportive of other groups that may wish to undertake some of this work.  

  1. Jamieson, L., et al. Oral health ans social and emotional well-being in a birth cohort of Aboriginal Australian young adults. BMC Public Health, 2011. 11, 656. 
  2. Priest, N., et al. Racism and health among urban Aboriginal young people. BMC Public Health, 2011. 11, 568.
  3. Sayers, S., et al., An Australian Aboriginal birth cohort: a unique resource for a life course study of an Indigenous population. A study protocol. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2003. 3(1): p. 1.
  4.  Sayers, S., et al. Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort study: Follow-up processes at 20 years. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2009. 9, 23 DOI: 10.1186/1472-698X-9-23.
  5. Dingwall, K.M. and S. Cairney, Detecting psychological symptoms related to substance misuse among Indigenous Australians. Drug and Alcohol Review, 2011. 30(1): p. 33-39.
  6. Thomas, A., et al., Strong Souls: The development and validation of a culturally appropriate tool for assessment of social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous youth. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2010. 44(1): p. 40-48.
Strong souls assessment tool
Strong souls assessment tool
Resource Type
Assessment Tools

Menzies School of Health Research

Families and Communities
Research Area
Youth health (click to see resources in this area)
Petrol sniffing, mental health, addictive behaivours
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