The purpose of the Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Assessment (SDTLA) is to provide an assessment tool and procedure that educational practitioners can use with young adult college students to facilitate development of life purpose, mature interpersonal relationships, and academic autonomy as well as the establishment of healthy lifestyles.
The assessment procedure is based on concepts and principles of human development, specifically that of developmental task achievement that typically occurs within the college setting. The developmental tasks with which the SDTLA is primarily concerned are most typical of college students between 17 and 24 years of age, though comparable task achievement has relevance for older students as well.
Appalachian State University No Longer Administers or Scores the SDTLA
Appalachian State University currently holds the copyright to The Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Assessment (SDTLA). As of March 1, 2014 Appalachian State University will cease offering SDTLA administration and scoring services for individuals or institutions (users).
The SDTLA instrument, manual, and answer key are offered here to users free of charge on an "as is" basis for non-profit educational and research purposes only. Accuracy of these materials or the soundness of their psychometric properties is neither guaranteed nor implied. No warranties, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular use are made to any user of these materials.
Users may choose to modify the instrument or adapt it for their own purposes. If any questions or scales derived from the SDTLA are used in a published work the following citation should be used:
Winston R. B., Miller T. K. & Cooper D. L. (1999) Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Assessment. Boone, NC: Appalachian State University.