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 – Measuring Resilience in a Digital Age

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

As parents and teachers know, a young people will not always confide in them 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”. Instead of having to sit down with a parent or teacher, the young person can engage with an avatar through the mobile app.

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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.

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 child is performing on 11 different Wellbeing Indicators:

  • Consequences
  • Parent/Child Relationship
  • Power of Identity
  • Positive Thinking
  • Physical Health
  • Structure
  • Strong Relationships
  • Sense of Control
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Safety and Support
  • Rights and Responsibilities Learn more


Teachers – Making APPA available to students means a huge amount of information about resilience can be generated outside classroom time. Teachers receive unbiased resilience reports that could help them identify which pupils are doing well and those who would benefit from extra support. APPA even provides a template for educators to produce Action Plans to help students improve their resilience. Since APPA reassesses students periodically, educators using APPA have a tool to verify if interventions are actually improving the young person’s resilience.

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 11 different Wellbeing Indicators detailed above—mental health professionals can also receive their clients’ responses to each question, given they provide their consent. APPA provides a template for mental health professionals to produce Action Plans to help clients improve their resilience, and reassesses young people periodically to verify if interventions are actually improving their resilience.

Children’s Resilience Tips: Week No. 3 – Safety and Support & Rights and Responsibilities

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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• So what's happening?

APPA is reaching out to you for help and offering amazing perks in return for your ideas. The competition rules can be found in full at: myappa.it/game/. DEADLINE is the 17th OF APRIL 2017.

Basically, we need you to create an original progressive reward system (e.g. medals like Nike or stars like Starbucks) to make it feel like a game: Make APPA more fun!
At the moment, APPA has a series of levels, mostly constituted by short tests or small exercises, which can be helpful to the user but do not offer much reward. For this reason, we’d like to promote a gamification of the app, able to provide good motivation to its users to keep going. This should be able to target young people aged between 12 and 18.

Your design should ideally compliment APPA, in terms of colours and style, and it should not involve competitions between users!!

*THE PRIZE* will be a sum of £100 which can be kept by those over 18, or donated to an organisation of choice if you still haven't hit that age mark yet! In both cases, you'll also get free vouchers x2 for VUE or CINEWORLD and free snacks! What more could you ask for!?

All you gotta do to participate is hit the "like" button on the APPA official page, share this image and of course submit your idea / sketches at game@myappa.it.


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We are running trials with schools that will end in the validation of APPA both for the design of the app and the data in the app. Thanks to Dr McGeough and Dr Mitchell-Gallacher of Liverpool Hope University for your help and support. ... See MoreSee Less

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