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Emotional Health and Well-Being
A Practical Guide for Schools

First Edition


April 2004 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This publication is a valuable and timely contribution to the current investigations into the behaviours of children and young people that impact on their emotional health. The book will serve as a practical guide for schools addressing the problem as they see it, the case studies vividly illustrating situations and behaviours that teachers will readily recognise. This is a well structured book. [It] deserves to be read and can serve as a source of information on how various behaviours have been defined, investigated and addressed. It will be of value to any school, much more than a topical or interesting read but as the basis of an institutional response to a problem seriously affecting educational achievement for individuals and schools. It would particularly serve as a stimulus to in-service training for teachers and support staff' - George Varnava, Young Minds Magazine

'Each of the authors has considerable relevant expertise so the text is rich both in research data and examples, including case studies, from their experience. Readers will find a wealth of practical advice and encouragement that is balanced by the acknowledgement of the limitations of individual interventions and the potential costs, overt and hidden, of each one. A whole-school approach is advocated and exemplified, including schools that have considered the needs of the staff' - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

`This work would be of use throughout all age ranges as the different problems and strategies are very easily accessible with a lot of proven, practical support. Professor Cowie and her colleagues have produced a valuable tool for use in all schools on both micro and macro level' - Education Review

`The book is an impressive and useful handbook of advice and resources. More than that, because it presents so much evidence, it's able to show, rather than tell, how schools can improve life for their pupils and teachers' - Gerald Haigh, TES Friday Magazine

`This book is recommended for the wealth of practical information it contains about strategies that can help young people in distress' - Youth Studies Australia

Secondary school is the place where young people are most constrained, observed and challenged to develop. This is not necessarily a stress free process, either for the young person, or for teachers and parents. This book describes behaviours, both disruptive and secretive, which indicates emotional distress. It looks at both the risk factors and the protective factors involved in emotional health, and addresses the impact of issues such as bullying, social exclusion, loss and bereavement.

The authors show what schools can do to develop practices grounded in knowledge about the mental health issues which relate to young people. In an accessible way, they present a range of strategies which practitioners have shown to be effective. They focus especially on methods and policies, which have been scientifically evaluated, or which are considered best practice.

Issues and interventions are illustrated throughout with case studies drawn from the authors' own practice and experience. Each of the authors has a long-standing interest in ways of creating supportive environments to prevent distress and to facilitate resilience in the young.

This book is essential reading for secondary school teachers, educational psychologists, education welfare officers and all those with pastoral care responsibilities.

 
Introduction
 
The Stigma of Mental Health Difficulties
 
Why Should Schools be Involved?
 
Schools in a Social Setting
 
Why Intervene at Whole School Level?
 
Where to Start in Matching an Intervention to your School
 
Creating a School Community
 
Disaffected Young People
 
Violent Behaviours
 
Bullying Behaviours
 
Sexual Health
 
Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Abuse
 
The Socially Isolated/Children in the Autistic/Aspergers Spectrum
 
Helping Children Deal with Loss
 
Eating Problems
 
Deliberate Self Harm
 
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
 
Accessing Outside Help
 
Predicting the Difficulties
 
Review and Evaluation

`This publication is a valuable and timely contribution to the current investigations into the behaviours of children and young people that impact on their emotional health. The book will serve as a practical guide for schools addressing the problem as they see it, the case studies vividly illustrating situations and behaviours that teachers will readily recognise. This is a well structured book. [It] deserves to be read and can serve as a source of information on how various behaviours have been defined, investigated and addressed. It will be of value to any school, much more than a topical or interesting read but as the basis of an institutional response to a problem seriously affecting educational achievement for individuals and schools. It would particularly serve as a stimulus to in-service training for teachers and support staff' - George Varnava, Young Minds Magazine

'Each of the authors has considerable relevant expertise so the text is rich both in research data and examples, including case studies, from their experience. Readers will find a wealth of practical advice and encouragement that is balanced by the acknowledgement of the limitations of individual interventions and the potential costs, overt and hidden, of each one. A whole-school approach is advocated and exemplified, including schools that have considered the needs of the staff' - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

`This work would be of use throughout all age ranges as the different problems and strategies are very easily accessible with a lot of proven, practical support. Professor Cowie and he colleagues have produced a valuable tool for use in all schools on both micro and macro level' - Education Review

'The strengths of this book are its readability, the way in which case studies and practical examples are used to support and illustrate different interventions, and the links to appropriate resources. A broad range of mental health issues is covered' - Debate


This book contains some really valuable explanations to why some young people display certain behaviours and helps us to understand the links between emotional health and wellbeing and behaviours.

Miss Hannah Jones
Youth and Community Studies, University of South Wales (Newport)
July 12, 2016

I will use this as a supplement for students who are specifically interested in well-being.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 9, 2015

Well laid out and recommended essential read for those involved emotional health and well being in the school environment.

Mr Phillip Bowen
Northampton Business School, Northampton Univ.
June 30, 2014

Particularly useful for our current module, childhood health and well-being. Some useful information that helps clarify issues surrounding social and emotional issues for children.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
May 17, 2014

The emphasis on a Whole School Approach was particularly useful. Chapters on specific difficulties clear and well written.

Ms Fiona Jennings
Dept of Education, St Angela's College
October 1, 2013

This is exactly what it says on the cover: "A Practical Guide for Schools". It has pertinent resources and it offers sound guidance for emotional health and well-being within the school environment.

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
September 9, 2013

Good book for supporting Pastoral care within FE, not suitable for course

Miss Kayleigh Robinson
Health & Social Care, Tresham Institute
August 27, 2013

case studies clear and help students link theory to practice clearer
encourages reflective practice
encompasses wide range of topics that are relevant to all child health practitioners and indeed those working within the education setting in relation to the health needs of children and young people from an emotional wellbeing perspective
guidance throughout the text is practical and realistic to everyday life and the areas where practitioners may require additional support in meeting those children and young people's needs

Eileen Wake
Nursing and Midwifery, Hull University
July 16, 2013

A helpful text for those working with older children and younger people.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
March 26, 2013

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