ERIC Number: EJ696999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-1
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Feasibility of the Mindmatters School Mental Health Promotion Program in American Schools.
Evans, Steven W.; Mullett, Elizabeth; Weist, Mark D.; Franz, Kimberly
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v34 n1 p51 Feb 2005
Assessed the feasibility of the Australian MindMatters program, a whole school mental health promotion program for application in the United States (U.S.). Forty-two participants representing school and community stakeholder groups from four U.S. communities (urban, rural, suburban, small town) evaluated the program for application in their communities through a research process involving discussion and endorsement ratings of relevance and likely impact. The majority of participants (85%) indicated that the program would help students in their community schools feel safe and valued, and participants indicated strong endorsement for MindMatters curriculum units focusing on suicide prevention and addressing bullying and harassment. Participants rated their own stakeholder group (e.g., teacher, school administrator, and parent) as being most likely to support and implement the program, suggesting that providing qualitative feedback on a program may help to increase a sense of ownership over it. Ideas for tailoring programs developed in other settings for application in local communities are discussed.KEY WORDS: MindMatters; teacher; school administrator; prevention.
Descriptors: Prevention, Ownership, Administrators, Suicide, Community Schools, Health Promotion, Mental Health
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Identifiers - Location: United States