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ERIC Number: EJ1073120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
Unheard Voices: Themes Emerging from Studies of the Views about School Engagement of Young People with High Support Needs in the Area of Mental Health
Holdsworth, Roger; Blanchard, Michelle
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v16 n1 p14-28 Jul 2006
We know that students' positive engagement with school is closely linked to their positive mental health. In particular, a positive engagement assists students to develop the human connections and resilience that reduces the risk of developing later mental health problems. What do students themselves say about what assists them to engage successfully with school? In particular, what is known of the views of students with high support needs in the area of mental health? The MindMatters Plus Project commissioned a review of existing studies of students' perspectives about engagement. This overview summarises the literature that typifies the three overlapping areas of school engagement, student voice and students with high support needs in the area of mental health, drawing on an extensive annotated bibliography of sources (available online at The students about whom MindMatters Plus has a particular concern -- those who are at greater risk of having high support needs in the area of mental health--are often less likely to voice their opinion and concerns to adults. As a consequence, less is known about what they are saying about factors that engage them with school--theirs are frequently "unheard voices".
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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