Promoting and building resilience in primary school communities: evidence from a comprehensive 'Health Promoting School' approach

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Stewart, Donald, Sun, Jing, Patterson, Carla, Lemerle, Kate and Hardie, Michael. 2004. "Promoting and building resilience in primary school communities: evidence from a comprehensive 'Health Promoting School' approach." International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 6 (3), pp. 26-33.
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Promoting and building resilience in primary school communities: evidence from a comprehensive 'Health Promoting School' approach

ERA Journal ID40828
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsStewart, Donald (Author), Sun, Jing (Author), Patterson, Carla (Author), Lemerle, Kate (Author) and Hardie, Michael (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Mental Health Promotion
Journal Citation6 (3), pp. 26-33
Number of Pages8
Year2004
Place of PublicationStafford, UK
ISSN1462-3730
Web Address (URL)http://www.ijmhp.co.uk/2004.htm
Abstract

[Abstract]: This paper reports on the first phase of a multi-strategy health promotion project which uses a whole-school approach to promote resilience in children of primary school age in school, family and community settings in urban and rural/remote locations in Queensland, Australia. The study population comprised students from Years 3, 5, and 7 (ages 8, 10, 12 years), their parents/care-givers and staff in 20 primary schools. Evidence emerging from this phase of the project confirms that the school environment makes a major contribution to the development of psychological resilience in children. Schools in which students reported more positive adult and peer social networks and feelings of connectedness to adults and peers, and a strong sense of autonomy, were associated with higher self-ratings of resilience in the students. There was also high concurrence by parents and caregivers regarding perceptions of the school environment. These schools rated more highly on ‘health promoting school’ (HPS) attributes and principles. Characteristics of such schools included features like shared decision-making and planning, community participation, a supportive physical and social environment, good school-community relations,
clearly articulated health policies and access to
appropriate health services.

Keywordsmental health; resilience; health-promoting school
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390304. Primary education
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
Public Notes

First published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, issue no 6(3). Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Clifford Beers Foundation).

Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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