Welcome to APPA

APPA is the ground breaking app being used to assess “resilience” of children and young adults. Find out how this amazing child centric, easy-to-use, digital assessment tool produces a resilience report on each user.

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Introducing Alex

Meet Alex, our friendly avatar.

Alex engages with the app user, asking the questions that are independently validated to produce a resilience report.

Did you know?

APPA is based on a decade long research by Dr. Michael Ungar, one of the world’s leading authority on children’s resilience.

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Professor Ungar is regarded internationally

as a vital resource for enhancing science, policies, and programs fostering well-being amongst young people everywhere.

– Richard Lerner, Ph.D.

APPA – Assessing Wellbeing in a Digital Age

APPA (“Adaptive Processing Psychological Assessment”) is a powerful tool specially designed to assess child and youth wellbeing using digital technology that taps into the minds of young people.

As parents and teachers know, a young people will not always confide when they are troubled. So, to prevent young people falling into a vacuum where they cannot access help or even talk about their issues, APPA Scotland has come up with a novel and creative solution, “APPA”.

Augmenting the incredible work of guidance teachers and parents, APPA will provide the young person with a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses enabling a more focused approach to building wellbeing either through self help or counselling.

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Children and Youth Centred – First and foremost, APPA puts young people at the heart of the solution by removing any adult involvement in the assessment process. In short, it provides a more accurate and objective assessment and feedback that young people are more likely to engage with since it is self-generated. APPA provides insights into the key issues of young peoples’ strengths, the risks they face in their environment and the mechanisms available to them mitigating for these risks.

Teachers – Making APPA available to students means a huge amount of information about pupil wellbeing can be generated outside classroom time. Teachers will receive a set of unbiased wellbeing reports that will help them identify which pupils are doing well and those who would benefit from extra support. APPA

Since APPA can be used to reassess students periodically, educators using APPA have a tool to verify if interventions are actually improving the young person’s wellbeing.

Mental Health Professionals – Never has homework been more fun for young clients. Even better, mental health professionals receive summaries of young persons’ resilience detailing their performance on the 8 different Wellbeing Indicators detailed below—mental health professionals can also receive their clients’ responses to each question, given the young person provides their consent.

Parents and Caregivers – After a child has used APPA, Parents and Caregivers are given access to the child’s Resilience Report describes how well the young person performs providing the young person has accepted that the parent is a trusted adult.

APPA Scotland, working with Dr Julienne McGeough of Liverpool Hope University have taken the simple 8 indicator SHANARRI report, criticised by the high court of Scotland, as being too general and have refined and augmented it into the SHANARRI40™ report. This report is based on the 8 wellbeing indicators of:

  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Achieving
  • Nurtured
  • Active
  • Responsible
  • Respected
  • Included
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With the help of Dr McGeough, APPA Scotland has developed this crude quantitative measure into a something very different. Focused on 40 sub-constructs of the 8 indicators, by using APPA, teachers will have insight into the following facets of the young people they are working with:


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Over the last couple of weeks, we have provided insight into 7 of the 11 Indicators of Wellbeing in relation to children’s mental health and resilience. These were : Structure, Parent-Child Relationships, Consequences, Strong Relationships, A Powerful Identity, A...
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Week 2 – Tips on What Our Children Need

Last week, we took a look at 4 of the 11 Indicators of Wellbeing in relation to children’s mental health and resilience as part of Thursdays Thoughts #thursdaysthoughts. These were : Structure, Parent-Child Relationships, Consequences, Strong Relationships....
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Children’s Mental Health : By the time students go to University at 18, the damage has been done!

The generation of 12 to 18-year-old children and young adults need help with dealing with their mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Half of all diagnosable mental health problems start before the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 21. Here at APPA Scotland, our app...
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Schools Wellbeing League Table?

A former headmaster this week called for a “Schools Wellbeing League Table”. Should schools prioritise “wellness” which includes challenging and stretching students, also builds character and helps them to perform better? What do you think? Would you pay more...
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Core Features

Proven methodology

Created in conjunction with Dr Ungar, APPA is based on tested and well-published methods for assessing resilience in complex social environments.

User defined

Depending on the user’s responses, APPA provides outcome-specific suggestions to help the user enhance his or her resilience.

Completely secure

Built on the latest cloud technology, the data APPA stores is securely locked away. No one has access to a user’s data, unless they have prior permission from the user.


More than a survey

Unlike other assessments, APPA is not simply a survey. APPA is an interactive conversation that gets to know the user. Results and suggestions are truly individual.


APPA’s risk assessment identifies areas of concern and tailors responses to the user’s profile. Its unique algorithm is able to tell users when they should seek help from a service provider.

Trending analysis

When users give permission for their anonymized information to be shared, APPA can provide institutions with profiles of service users and can answer questions regarding the impact of changes in institutional practices and policies. It naturally builds a picture of resilience trends across a population.

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