ERIC Number: ED308450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Elementary School Children's Mental Health Needs: Educators' Perceptions and Implications for Practice.
Goodwin, William L.; Goodwin, Laura D.
Jefferson County School District, the largest school district in Colorado, commissioned a study to examine the type and extent of mental health needs of elementary school children, the impact of these needs, and appropriate recommendations for the district. Elementary schools were ranked according to estimated socioeconomic status of the students and 20 representative schools were chosen for the study. Since the high costs of measuring the children's unmet mental health needs were prohibitive, the study focused on educator's perceptions to answer its major questions. Over 400 educators serving as participants included principals, teachers, and the members of each school's Special Education and Related Services team. A questionnaire was used which focused on self-image, relationships with peers and adults, school skills and competencies, and other behavioral/emotional concerns. Participants were also interviewed. Results showed that educators perceived numerous unmet mental health needs involving 15-30 percent of the elementary school students and most felt these needs were increasing. Self-image ranked as the greatest need, followed by interpersonal relationships, and school skills and competencies. It is recommended that the educational community take immediate, bold steps to address the mental health needs of children. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).