Emotional Well-being

What is it?

Emotional Well-being is based on the Student Emotional Well-being Index, which is comprised of several questions from the TDSB Student Census. These questions are related to Grade 7 and 8 students’ self-reported feelings about themselves, feelings of loneliness and anxiousness, general mood, and their hopefulness about the future.

Why is it important?

Emotional well-being is an important indicator of mental and physical health. Analysis by the TDSB shows that students with a low sense of emotional well-being are also more likely to experience poor physical well-being. Further, students with low emotional well-being are more likely to have lower self esteem and poor relationships with peers, school adults and family members. No significant connection was found between well-being and academic achievement or parent’s socioeconomic status or education level.

What does it mean?

While the majority of Grade 7 and 8 students had a high or middle score for emotional well-being, 14% had low emotional well-being. Figure 1 shows that female students were more likely to have low emotional well-being (17%) compared to boys (11%). Figure 2 shows that children from certain racialized and cultural groups are more likely to have low emotional well-being. Figure 3 shows that students with high emotional well-being were more likely to talk to their parents and teachers about problems, feel safe at school and in their neighbourhood, and receive support in school.