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ERIC Number: ED593894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Mental Wellbeing, Reading and Writing: How Children and Young People's Mental Wellbeing Is Related to Their Reading and Writing Experiences. National Literacy Trust Research Report
Clark, Christina; Teravainen-Goff, Anne
National Literacy Trust
The link between literacy and health has been evidenced quite well, with studies indicating that people who struggle with literacy are also more likely to have poor physical health. However, what we know about the relationship between mental wellbeing and literacy is much more meagre. There is some evidence to suggest that higher levels of mental wellbeing and life satisfaction can positively impact on academic achievement, while there is also evidence that mental wellbeing, such as the ability to cope with stress, can affect pupils' ability to learn. Research suggests that mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden across the world, and that half of mental health problems in adulthood manifest themselves before the age of 14. For these reasons, it is not surprising that government policy in the UK has also focused on mental health. For example, between 2015 and 2017 the government announced new funding for mental health, including specific investment in perinatal services and eating disorder services for teenagers, and in July 2018 statutory health education in schools was announced. This is therefore a timely piece of research, as children and young people's mental wellbeing is becoming a concern, and the government is pledging to prioritise mental health care of young people and adults. In this report the authors will explore the link between mental wellbeing, reading and writing enjoyment, and attitudes and behaviours.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (United Kingdom)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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