ERIC Number: ED460523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Mental Health Programs: Issues for Implementation and Evaluation.
Magyary, Diane; Brandt, Patricia
This paper discusses the results of a study that investigated the effectiveness of a mental health intervention program implemented within the school environment. The "Self-Management Intervention Program for School-Age Children with Chronic Health Conditions and Their Parents" focused on the promotion of self-regulatory and stress management skills to enhance coping with a chronic health condition. The program was carried out immediately after school hours and involved three components: (1) 12 child group sessions; (2) three parent group sessions; and (3) 1-2 home visits. The study sample consisted of 65 children (ages 7-14) with a chronic health condition of six months or longer duration and identified by the school nurse as having difficulty coping with the stresses associated with the health condition. Interviews with the children and parents consistently confirmed that the convenient location of the program and lack of stigma associated with the school program setting contributed to the success in recruitment and the nearly 100 percent attendance rate. Children were more responsive to teachers' and counselors' encouragement to enroll in the program because its setting was school based. (CR)
Descriptors: Chronic Illness, Coping, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Integrated Services, Intervention, Mental Health Programs, Social Support Groups, Stress Management, Student Attitudes, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844.