Fostering the Emotional Well-Being of Our Youth: A School-Based Approach

Fostering the Emotional Well-Being of Our Youth: A School-Based Approach


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Despite the marked increase in anxiety, depression, and suicidal behaviour among school-aged youth, millions of children with mental health needs never receive treatment. Too many are overlooked by "refer-test-place" approaches that only consider evidence of psychopathology without examining students' psychological well-being (or lack of well-being). Consequently, many vulnerable students slip through the cracks without receiving interventions.

Fostering the Emotional Well-Being of Our Youth provides an alternative—a dual-factor model of students' mental health that integrates wellness and pathology into a single multi-tier system of mental health support. Philip J. Lazarus, Shannon M. Suldo, and Beth Doll, with foremost scholars in the field, explain what this paradigm shift means for school mental health professionals: why the promotion of well-being is important; how practitioners' day-to-day practices will change; and what the outcomes will be. This volume provides the tools to advocate for and implement supports that foster students' complete mental health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190918873
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2021
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Philip J. Lazarus, Director of the School Psychology Program, Florida International University, is a licensed psychologist, licensed school psychologist, and past president of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Shannon M. Suldo, Professor of School Psychology, University of South Florida, is a licensed psychologist and partners with schools to create evidence-based positive psychology interventions to increase youth well-being.

Beth Doll, Professor of School Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a licensed psychologist and works in partnerships with schools to strengthen classroom supports for mental health.

Table of Contents

Contributors xi

Introduction: Are Our Youth All Right? Philip J. Lazarus Shannon M. Suldo Beth Doll 1

1 Conceptualizing Youth Mental Health Through a Dual-Factor Model Shannon M. Suldo Beth Doll 20

2 Framing School Mental Health Services Within a Dual-Factor Model of Mental Health Beth Doll Evan H. Dart Prerna G. Arora Tai A. Collins 40

3 Building Culturally Responsive Schools: A Model Based on the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Whole Child Approach Janine Jones Antoinette Halsell Miranda 61

4 Implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Framework for Mental Health Promotion Donald Kincaid Natalie Romer 79

5 Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach to Social-Emotional Learning Maurice J. Elias Erica R. Powlo Ava Lorenzo Brian Eichert 96

6 Promoting School Safety, School Climate, and Student Mental Health: Interdependent Constructs Built Upon Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Planning Amy Jane Griffiths Elena Diamond Zachary Maupin James Alsip Michael J. Keller Kathryn Moffa Michael J. Furlong 117

7 Preventing School Violence and Advancing School Safety Dewey Cornell Brittany Crowley 137

8 Cultivating Student Engagement and Connectedness Christopher Pinzone Amy L. Reschly 163

9 Creating Resilient Classrooms and Schools Beth Doll Hong Ni 183

10 Strengthening the Quality of Preschool, Childcare, and Parenting Soo-Young Hong Holly Hatton-Bowers Lisa Knoche 204

11 Building Family-School Partnerships to Support Positive Parenting and Promote Healthy Families S. Andrew Garbacz Linda M. Raffaele Mendez 224

12 Promoting Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep Ellyn M. Schmidt Tessa N. Hamilton Jessica A. Hoffman 243

13 Teaching Emotional Self-Regulation to Children and Adolescents Philip J. Lazarus Annela Costa 264

14 Promoting Students' Positive Emotions, Character, and Purpose Shannon M. Suldo Jenni Menon Mariano Hannah Gilfix 282

15 Building a Foundation for Trauma-Informed Schools Philip J. Lazarus Stacy Overstreet Eric Rossen 313

16 Preventing Bullying in Schools Amanda B. Nickerson Timothy Parks 338

17 Supporting the Well-Being of Highly Mobile Students Michael L. Sulkowski 355

18 Enfranchising Socially Marginalized Students Amanda L. Sullivan Andy V. Pham Mollie Weeks Thuy Nguyen Quennie Dong 375

19 Preventing School Failure and School Dropout Robyn S. Hess Cynthia E. Hazel 395

20 Providing Evidence-Based Supports to Students in the Aftermath of a Crisis Philip J. Lazarus Franci Crepeau-Hobson Kathy Sievering Cathy Kennedy-Paine 413

21 Raising the Emotional Well-Being of Students With Anxiety and Depression Diana Joyce-Beaulieu Brian Zaboski 435

22 Implementing Statewide Practices That Promote Student Wellness and Resilience Amity Noltemeyer Cricket Meehan Emily Jordan Michael Petrasek 459

23 Using Universal Screening to Monitor Students' Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Katie Eklund Stephen P. Kilgus Lauren Meyer Alexandra Barber 481

24 Accessing Targeted and Intensive Mental Health Services Tammy L. Hughes Maggie B. Mazzotta 503

Afterword: We Must Be Champions for the Emotional Well-Being of Our Youth Philip J. Lazarus Ralph Eugene Cash 523

Index 533

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