ERIC Number: EJ945413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Reference Count: 34
The Emotional Well-Being of Our Nation's Youth and the Promise of Social-Emotional Learning
Lazarus, Philip J.; Sulkowski, Michael L.
Communique, v40 n2 p1, 16-17 Oct 2011
A public health crisis is looming in US schools. Millions of children do not receive mental health services, are poorly bonded to supportive educational communities, and fail to develop important social and emotional competencies. Considering these problems, many of which relate to students' school functioning, efforts are needed to support students' mental health needs and emotional well-being. Fortunately, schools may be an optimal environment to tackle this initiative. Research suggests that disparities in mental health service delivery are reduced in educational settings, and schools can be prime locations to reach youth who traditionally underuse mental health services. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has partnered with Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to foster initiatives to promote social-emotional learning in schools. Moreover, NASP is supporting legislative acts in the 112th Congress. These relate to implementing social-emotional learning and school-wide positive behavioral interventions in the nation's schools with a focus on academic achievement.
Descriptors: Health Services, Health Needs, School Psychologists, Mental Health Programs, Public Health, Mental Health, Social Development, Emotional Development, Well Being, Professional Associations, Partnerships in Education, Intervention, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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