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ERIC Number: ED548839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 216
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-6169-9
School Leadership and School Mental Health: An Exploratory Study of SMH Content in the Preparation of Principals
Caparelli, Sielke M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
The increasing prevalence of K-12 students with mental health disorders is of great concern because research has shown that these children are at increased risk for academic failure. Accordingly, this study explored two intersecting fields of study - school mental health (SMH) and education administration, first examining the literature on the definition and prevalence of children's mental health disorders, the history of the SMH movement, and SMH competencies for school leaders. What follows is an exploratory, multiple case study to determine the extent of SMH content within five nationally ranked U.S. principal preparation programs. A mixed methods analysis used text data derived from program mission statements, syllabi, faculty curriculum vitae documents and one program director interview. More than 94 documents were analyzed for SMH text evidence, resulting in 161 text units. These units then were coded by SMH dimension as well as by syllabi context (e.g., assignments, readings, and course objectives). Further inductive analysis revealed 14 SMH topics. Some text units reflected concepts that might be related to SMH (e.g., collaboration, community, and school culture). However, the terms "school mental health" and "children's mental health" never appeared in any documents, suggesting a lack of attention to the critical importance of children's mental health disorders and their contribution to poor school performance. Implications of the results as well as recommendations for improving national policy, state standards, local collaborations and higher education preparation programs for school leaders are discussed. These recommendations include promoting better collaboration of national SMH and educational administration leaders in policy forums, incorporating student mental health as a priority in national guidelines for the preparation of school and district leaders, and rethinking preparation programs to improve the capacity of school leaders for developing and sustaining SMH partnerships. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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