ERIC Number: EJ1100750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Tipping Points: Teachers' Reported Reasons for Referring Primary School Children for Excessive Anxiety
Hinchliffe, Kaitlin J.; Campbell, Marilyn A.
Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, v26 n1 p84-99 Jun 2016
The current study explored the reasons that primary school teachers reported were tipping points for them in deciding whether or not and when to refer a child to the school student support team for excessive anxiety. Twenty teachers in two Queensland primary schools were interviewed. Content analysis of interview transcripts revealed six themes reflecting teachers' perceived reasons for deciding to refer anxious children: (1) impact on learning; (2) atypical child behaviour; (3) repeated difficulties that do not improve over time; (4) poor response to strategies; (5) teachers' need for support; and (6) information from parents/carers. Teachers considered different combinations of reasons and had many different tipping points for making a referral. Both teacher- and system-level influences impacted referral decisions. Implications and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Anxiety, Attribution Theory, Teacher Attitudes, Referral, Elementary School Teachers, Interviews, Child Behavior, Achievement Need, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Illness, Learning Strategies, Parent Attitudes, Caregiver Attitudes, Etiology, Foreign Countries, Content Analysis
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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