Perspectives on mental health and the role of schools

Merriman, Helen Louise (2009). Perspectives on mental health and the role of schools. University of Birmingham. Ed.D.


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This thesis represents an assessed requirement of the Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctoral course at the University of Birmingham. The thesis consists of two volumes. Volume One explores the role of schools in mental health work. A literature review considers perspectives on mental health, ways in which the mental health of children and young people can be promoted or demoted, and the role that schools have in this area. Transfer from primary to secondary school has been identified as a vulnerable time for pupils. Consequently, an empirical research study was designed to explore the views of Year 7 pupils at one secondary school to identify how their school does, and could further, support their emotional health and well-being during, and following, transfer from primary school. Volume Two consists of five Professional Practice Reports that each explore different aspects of the role of the educational psychologist. Papers relate to working with teaching assistants, supporting pupils experiencing difficulties with peer relationships in school, supporting pupils who have a parent who has a mental health difficulty, supporting pupils in the early years’ who have speech, language and communication difficulties, and conducting research with children and young people.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ed.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ed.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools


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