ERIC Number: ED359720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Children's Mental Health and Their Ability To Learn. Occasional Paper #8.
McElhaney, Sandra J.; And Others
This paper examines the current status of U.S. children's mental health and its impact on children's ability to learn. It notes the incidence of mental disorders in children, risk factors predisposing children to mental disorders, and symptoms of children with serious emotional disturbances. It explores the school-based and community-based services available to address children's mental health needs and suggests policy and action steps to improve the provision, availability, and accessibility of these services. The paper describes several models of collaboration among schools, community agencies, professionals, and parents. These models work to both treat and prevent mental health problems. Recommendations are offered in the areas of training, staffing, legislation, advocacy, and coalitions. The paper concludes with an annotated list of four organizational resources. (Contains 12 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Health, Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Human Services, Intervention, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Models, Prevention, Program Development, Public Policy, Pupil Personnel Services, Secondary School Students
National Health/Education Consortium, c/o National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, 1330 C St., S.W., Suite 2014, Washington, DC 20201 ($5, quantity price available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.; National Mental Health Association, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Health/Education Consortium.