ERIC Number: EJ1088391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Connecting Students to Mental Health Care: Pilot Findings from an Engagement Program for School Nurses
Kim, Rachel E.; Becker, Kimberly D.; Stephan, Sharon H.; Hakimian, Serop; Apocada, Dee; Escudero, Pia V.; Chorpita, Bruce F.
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, v8 n2 p87-103 2015
Schools function as the major provider of mental health services (MHS) for youth, but can struggle with engaging them in services. School nurses are well-positioned to facilitate referrals for MHS. This pilot study examined the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an engagement protocol (EP) designed to enhance school nurses' utilization of evidence-based engagement practices when referring youth to MHS. Participants were six school nurses and 25 adolescents in a large, urban school district. School nurses reported positive attitudes toward the EP, suggesting that they found it feasible and acceptable. Though there were small increases in school nurses' use of engagement practices and in adolescents' readiness for services following training, due to limited sample size, differences were not statistically significant. Still, pilot results suggest preliminary efficacy of training school nurses to strategically implement evidence-based engagement practices to increase adolescents' engagement in MHS.
Descriptors: Mental Health, School Health Services, School Nurses, Feasibility Studies, Program Effectiveness, Participation, Referral, Adolescents, Urban Schools, Positive Attitudes, Pilot Projects, High School Students, High Schools, Readiness, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: P20MH086048