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Teachers' Perceptions of Student Life Stressors: Teacher knowledge of mental health issues and supports

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dc.contributor.author Harrietha, Denise
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-03T17:22:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-03T17:22:50Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10587/1935
dc.description.abstract Given that teachers are often the first to observe changes in behavior, both socially and behaviorally; assessing their mental health literacy is important in playing this role of early detection. The objective of this study is to evaluate teachers’ knowledge of student life stressors; knowledge of mental health issues; and knowledge of supports for youth with mental health. Participants were experienced teachers who were enrolled in a graduate education degree program with the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Participants completed an online questionnaire that contained open-ended questions, 5-point Likert Items, and several demographic questions. The questionnaire explored participants confidence in identifying distress in the classroom; perceived self-confidence in providing support; knowledge of mental health supports available; and to identify barriers within their school and community. While participants demonstrated competence in their ability to identify and support students with mental health concerns, it was found that most perceived a lack of resources and suggested funding for professional development as well as additional staff trained to assist students with mental health concerns. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Mount Saint Vincent University en_US
dc.subject Adolescence, prevention, early intervention, school, mental health literacy, teachers, Nova Scotia, thematic analysis en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title Teachers' Perceptions of Student Life Stressors: Teacher knowledge of mental health issues and supports en_US
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