Instruments in this topic measure behaviors within the context of a specific social environment. Many of these instruments are part of the Social Climate Scales — a set of environmental assessment procedures that cover a variety of social contexts.

Social environments greatly affect behaviors of the individuals within them. Social environments include family environment, work environment, and school environment, as well as more specific environments like military, university residence, and correctional institutions. By assessing their effect on behavior, environments can be changed and optimized to promote desirable behaviors and to reduce undesirable behaviors.

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Classroom Environment Scale
Evaluates the effects of course content, teaching methods, teacher personality, class composition and characteristics of the overall classroom environment.
Community Oriented Programs Environment Scale
Measures client and staff perceptions of the program environment. As one of the Social Climate Scales, the CPES has been widely used in clinical settings and program evaluation.
Correctional Institutions Environment Scale
Measures the social climate of juvenile and adult correctional programs.
Distance Education Learning Environments Survey
Evaluates the psychosocial learning environments in post-secondary online or distance education.
Family Environment Scale
Assesses the social climate of all types of families.
Group Environment Scale
Assesses the social climate of groups and teams. It has been used in clinical and organizational settings to facilitate group counseling and team building, and to compare members’ and leaders’ views of their group or team.
Military Environment Inventory
Provides an insightful look into the military environment and a means of pinpointing areas in need of change.
Organizational Description Questionnaire
Measures how often each member of the organization perceives the culture of their unit, department, or organization, to be using transformational or transactional leadership styles.
School Situation Survey
Assessment of students' perceptions of school-related sources and manifestations of stress.
Social Climate Scales: A User's Guide
This Guide to the Social Climate Scales introduces the ten Scales and gives an overview of their use.
University Residence Environment Scale
Assesses the social climate of university student living groups.
Ward Atmosphere Scale
Measures the actual, preferred, and expected treatment environments of hospital-based psychiatric programs.
Work Environment Scale
Helps evaluate productivity, assess employee satisfaction, and clarify employee expectations to ensure a healthy work environment.