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

Stewart, Donald and Sun, Jing and Patterson, Carla and 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. ISSN 1462-3730

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[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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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).
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 01:50
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health; resilience; health-promoting school
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7473

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