Reading Engagement for Adolescent Development (READ)

This questionnaire will help educators and parents better understand their student’s motivation to read and recognize how their ability to reading may be a risk or protective factor associated with mental wellbeing. The READ instrument will explore five key motivation domains: (1) self-efficacy – adolescent’s beliefs in their ability to master and achieve in a reading task; (2) identity – adolescent’s ability to identify and interact with characters in a story and connect through shared experiences; (3) empathy – adolescent’s ability to demonstrate compassion for and connect emotionally with characters in a story; (4) autonomy – adolescents feeling in control of their learning and acting with choice; and (5) utility value – adolescent’s perceived usefulness of a reading task and relevance to personal goals.

Reading as a protective factor associated with mental wellbeing. Studies have found that reading for enjoyment can be an important activity that cultivates resilience, self-confidence, self-awareness, relationships, healing of self and others, personal growth, and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Reading among school-aged adolescents can be a useful intervention that promotes wellbeing and help set a positive life course trajectory.

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