Social-emotional health in higher education: a psychometric evaluation with Turkish students

Gökmen Arslan, Kelly-Ann Allen, Bülent Baki Telef, Heather Craig

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The present study investigated the utility and validity of the Social Emotional Health Survey-Higher Education (SEHS-HE) among Turkish students (N = 345) in higher education. Confirmatory factor analysis found acceptable data-model fit statistics for apriori SEHS-HE latent measurement models and its second-order covitality latent construct. The covitality latent construct was associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing, higher academic achievement, and lower levels of psychological symptoms. Findings provided preliminary evidence supporting the use of the SEHS-HE to measure Turkish university students' social-emotional strengths. Research is needed to further evaluate how the SEHS-HE can be used to inform prevention and intervention services on university campuses that aim to improve students' social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-756
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • covitality
  • higher education
  • mental wellbeing
  • psychological adjustment
  • Social-emotional health

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