Social And Emotional Components Of Mental Health Essay

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1. Introduction
a. Rise in mental disorders in children and adolescents since 1990s
b. 8-20% of adolescents yougher than 18 have a mental disorder
c. 11.7% of Israli adolecsents have a mental disorder
d. Posistive psychology may improve well-being and mental health
i. There is a shortage of empirically validadted positive psychology intervention ii. This study will contribute to ongoing scholarship in the area of school-based prevention of mental health problems by reporting the longitudinal effects of a novel positive psychology intervention to a middle school (Shosani, A. Steinmetz S. 2013)
2. A Dual Perspective of Mental Health at Schools
a. Increase in pressure to improve achievements through high academic accountablilty
i. Began with educational reform in US in the 1980s – spread worldwide ii. Standards, assessment, and accountability and milestones iii. Curriculum goals are more academic and skill-oriented iv. Social and emotional components of education take a back seat
b. In last decade there has been an increase in epidemiological research showing increase in levels of mental health conditions in adolescents
i. US study identified 1 in 10 have a depressive episode before age 14
1. 20% of 16-17 year olds have anxiety or mood disorder, disruptive d/o or substance abuse
2. 25% of American students report unhappy or terrible existence or high levels of negative school / family experiences
3. rate of mental health appears similar in Isreal
a. 11.7% of adolescents have a…

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