Meet Alex, our friendly avatar.
Alex engages with the app user, asking the questions that are independently validated to produce a resilience report.
“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.
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:
- Parent/Child Relationship
- Power of Identity
- Positive Thinking
- Physical Health
- Strong Relationships
- Sense of Control
- Sense of Belonging
- Safety and Support
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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.
Created in conjunction with Dr Ungar, APPA is based on tested and well-published methods for assessing resilience in complex social environments.
Depending on the user’s responses, APPA provides outcome-specific suggestions to help the user enhance his or her resilience.
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.
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.