Brief report: Assessing youth well-being in global emergency settings: Early results from the Emergency Developmental Assets Profile

J Adolesc. 2015 Dec;45:98-102. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.09.002. Epub 2015 Sep 28.


The 13-item Emergency Developmental Assets Profile measures the well-being of children and youth in emergency settings such as refugee camps and armed conflict zones, assessing whether young people are experiencing adequate positive relationships and opportunities, and developing positive values, skills, and self-perceptions, despite being in crisis circumstances. The instrument was found to have acceptable and nearly identical internal consistency reliability in 22 administrations in non-emergency samples in 15 countries (.75), and in 4 samples of youth ages 10-18 (n = 1550) in the emergency settings (war refugees and typhoon victims, .74) that are the measure's focus, and evidence of convergent validity. Confirmatory Factor Analysis showed acceptable model fit among those youth in emergency settings. Measures of model fit showed that the Em-DAP has configural and metric invariance across all emergency contexts and scalar invariance across some. The Em-DAP is a promising brief cross-cultural tool for assessing the developmental quality of life as reported by samples of youth in a current humanitarian crisis situation. The results can help to inform international relief program decisions about services and activities to be provided for children, youth, and families in emergency settings.

Keywords: Crisis; Developmental assets; Emergency settings; Well-being; Youth development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Development*
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Emergencies*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internationality*
  • Male
  • Middle East
  • Refugees
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Warfare