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 Psychological Profiling Application”) is a powerful tool specially designed to assess children’s resilience using digital technology that taps into the minds of children and young adults.

As parents and teachers know, a child or young adult 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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Child Centric – First and foremost, APPA puts the young person at the heart of the solution by removing any adult involvement in the assessment process. In short, it provides a more accurate, objective assessment and resilience report that the young person is more likely to engage with since it is self-generated. The Report provides insight into the key issues of their person strengths, the risks they face in their environment and the mechanisms available to them mitigating for these risks.

Parents and Care givers – 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
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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 process for educators to produce an 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.
APPA provides mental health professionals with all the answers that the child has given…as long as the young person has given their permission.
See a sample report.

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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 resilience tools, APPA is not simply a survey. APPA is an interactive conversation that gets to know the user. Results and suggestions are truely individual.


APPA’s risk assessment identifies areas of concern and tailors responses to the user’s risk profile. It’s 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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A couple of successful days at the Scottish Learning Festival with plenty of interest. Every single person that tried APPA liked it - it's simplicity, it's capability to generate do much for so very little and, yes, even some of the silly jokes in it😃. We will follow up the enquiries in the coming days. Thanks to the many people who took the time to listen & learn! #SLF2016 ... See MoreSee Less

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Good crowd of 28 people came to see our presentation at the Seminar Theatre today. Plenty of interest at the Stand (E115), too! ... See MoreSee Less

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All set up at the SLF & ready to wow!! Next Conference Desk. Don't forget tomorrow we're on at NOON in the Seminar Theatre for our presentation #SLF2016. APPA addresses key issues impacting us all - children's mental health and their resilience... ... See MoreSee Less

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