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ERIC Number: EJ1157345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Yoga as a School-Based Mental Health Intervention
Hubbard, Alexandra
Communique, v46 n1 p35 Sep 2017
Research has estimated that the percentage of children and adolescents experiencing significant mental health difficulties is as high as 20% of all youth, and that only one-fourth of these students receive therapeutic services outside of school. Given this gap between the need and availability of mental health services, schools often become the primary mental health provider for school-age children. Mental health issues in youth have many potential negative educational impacts, including higher risk for absenteeism, discipline problems, grade retention, poor grades, and school dropout. There is a strong connection between students' overall health and resilience and their academic achievement, and the positive benefits of yoga for children make school-based yoga a viable method to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. Author Alexandra Hubbard intends to integrate her experiences teaching children's yoga into her school psychology training and future practice in order to promote the mental health of students. In this article she discusses the benefits of use of yoga exercises with children and her personal experiences with teaching yoga in schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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