ERIC Number: EJ1021308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Teacher Training Intervention for Early Identification of Common Child Mental Health Problems in Pakistan
Hussein, S. A.; Vostanis, P.
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v18 n3 spec iss p284-296 2013
School-based interventions involving teacher training programmes have been shown to benefit teachers' ability to identify and manage child mental health problems in developed countries. However, very few studies have been conducted in low-income countries with limited specialist services. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of the training programme on teachers' knowledge and awareness. A total of 114 primary school teachers from five schools in Karachi participated in a two-day (10-12 hours) workshop to provide them with an understanding of common child mental health problems and train them in basic skills. Their pre-and post-training knowledge was evaluated through a rating scale and open-ended questions. Single tailed "t"-test, involving paired differences, was applied for participants' scores. Pre-/post-training differences were statistically significant. The training sessions were associated with an improvement in teachers' knowledge and awareness of various signs and symptoms of common child mental health problems. The greatest improvement was noted in response to strategies of managing difficult behaviours, as 61% of respondents were able to formulate appropriate behavioural management techniques after the training. In low-income developing countries like Pakistan, teachers should be trained in early-intervention programmes for the identification and school-based management of less complex emotional and behavioural problems. Such interventions can maximise the use of sparse mental health resources.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation, Teacher Education Programs, Low Income, Rating Scales, Child Health, Mental Disorders, Identification, Elementary School Teachers, Workshops, Faculty Development, Elementary School Students, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Early Intervention, Behavior Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pakistan (Karachi)