Teachers' perspectives of children's mental health service needs in urban elementary schools

James Williams, Violet E. Horvath, Hsi Sheng Wei, Richard A. Van Dorn, Melissa Jonson-Reid

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Abstract

This study uses a phenomenological approach to investigate elementary school teachers' perspectives on children's mental health service needs. Focus groups were conducted at two elementary schools with differing levels of available social services in a moderate-sized urban midwestern school district. Data collection centered on six prominent themes from children's mental health and school social work literature: school safety, parental support and involvement, problem recognition, knowledge of community resources, service effectiveness, and service barriers. Similarities and differences were evident when comparing responses across schools. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalChildren and Schools
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Children's mental health
  • Elementary schools
  • Parental support
  • Service barriers
  • Urban schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education

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