What is the ISHC?

What is the ISHC?

The ISHC seeks to identify the factors that influence healthy, as well as unhealthy behavior in students. As such, it is particularly suited to the educational aims of schools and to the construction of programs that highlight  strategies for wellness, along with risk prevention.
 
The survey can also help a school distinguish between reality and perception. Research has shown that students and adults often misjudge the prevalence of various student attitudes and behaviors.  The Health Check helps ground discourse and decision-making in objective reality and offers students realistic social norms.

Students respond on school computers to a 30-minute, 100-question survey. Three age-appropriate versions available: 6-8 Middle School, 9-12 Day School, 9-12 Boarding School. Computer administration provides rapid, accurate tabulation of student behaviors and attitudes:
  • Academic motivation
  • Academic pressure
  • Academic honesty
  • Attitudes about school, teachers, and parents
  • Bullying
  • Community service
  • Eating and dieting patterns
  • Emotional health
  • Fitness
  • Help-seeking activity
  • Mutitasking
  • Parental oversight and  support
  • Predictors of resiliency
  • Sexual activity
  • Sleep
  • Social life
  • Strengths and coping skills
  • Stress management
  • Substance use
  • Use of time
  • Other topics relevant to independent schools

What can the ISHC do?

Evaluate student strengths and weaknesses, risk and protective factors.
 
Develop strategies for health education based on empirical data about what your students really do.
 
Address the discrepancy between perception and reality.  Numerous studies of schools have shown that students invariably overestimate other students’ unhealthy behavior, thus increasing their own susceptibility, as in the notion that "everybody does it."  Share ISHC data with students and parents to encourage healthy behavior—a proven strategy.
 
Track behavioral changes between grade levels and use follow-up surveys to monitor response to intervention.
 
Analyze results with an ISHC prepared package that includes:
  • Tables of data
  • Correlations between useful data sets
  • A summary of findings
Survey with confidence.  Each survey administrator receives:
  • Sample communications with parents, students, and faculty
  • Check lists covering every step of administration
  • Forms to meet legal and ethical requirements
  • Consultations with ISHC staff
  • Validated methodology

Why Use the ISHC?

Why use the ISHC?The Health Check has a careful design history and has been guided by the extensive experience its creators have both in independent schools and with surveys.  Unlike other surveys, the ISHC seeks to identify the factors that influence healthy, as well as unhealthy behavior. As such, it is particularly suited to the educational aims of schools and to the construction of programs that highlight  strategies for wellness, along with risk prevention.
 
The survey can also help a school distinguish between reality and perception. Research has shown that students and adults often misjudge the prevalence of various student attitudes and behaviors.  The Health Check helps ground discourse and decision-making in objective reality and offers students realistic social norms.
 
This 30 minute, 90 question survey has been specifically designed to reflect what is really going on with your students’ lives- - in and out of school —and to provide a global picture of their  thoughts, concerns and feelings about themselves and others. Many questions speak to areas particularly pertinent to independent school students—academic motivation, stress levels, and parental oversight.  Questions have evolved from work with student focus groups, and the instrument has been field-tested at three independent schools for validity and for ease of administration.
 
Questions from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey [Centers for Disease Control] are interwoven into the ISHC to provide some comparison national data.   The experience of the CDC and the Health Check designers has been that such surveys provide meaningful pictures of behavior. Because their confidentiality is completely protected, students tell the truth about themselves.
 
Throughout the ISHC process, the staff is available to help you plan and organize the survey,  and each school will receive a manual to highlight necessary tasks along the way, including sample notices to the community.  After the completion of the survey, the data will be organized into a report and form the basis for subsequent professional consultations, resources and further guidance.