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Promotion of adolescent mental health through a social and emotional learning programme in South African high schools

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dc.contributor.advisor Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, G. B. Mfidi, Faniswa Honest 2016-07-05T10:29:14Z 2016-07-05T10:29:14Z 2015-11
dc.identifier.citation Mfidi, Faniswa Honest (2015) Promotion of adolescent mental health through a social and emotional learning programme in South African high schools, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Reports on the escalation of violence in South African schools have been a cause for concern. The Media have reported a high incidence of adolescent anger towards and fights with peers, family members and school teachers. Alcohol and drug abuse, risky sexual behaviours and gang related activities are also noted as a concern among school-going adolescents. These behaviours are precursors to mental health problems among school-going adolescents and prompted the researcher to carry out an investigation on how high schools promote the mental health of their learners. A sequential explanatory mixed methods approach was used to explore the experiences of school-going adolescents, school teachers and school health nurses in dealing with social and emotional problems in high schools. An event history calendar was used to collect both the quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data was used with school going adolescents, whereas, qualitative data in the form of focus groups was used with school nurses and individual interviews was used with school teachers. Qualitative individual interviews were also used with a subset of school going adolescents to augment the quantitative results. The two sets of data were analysed independently and only at interpretation of findings were they collated and integrated. Quantitative data analysis was done using descriptive and inferential statistics whilst content analysis and thematic analysis were used with qualitative data. Major findings of the study revealed that adolescents’ problems manifested themselves as inappropriate handling of emotions which resulted in drug and alcohol abuse, risky sexual behaviours and gangsterism which adversely impacted on the adolescents’ social-emotional well-being and mental health. A universal prevention and promotion programme through social and emotional learning to address the social and emotional ailments of adolescents that impede mental health promotion in high schools was proposed. The “TEAM” intervention proposes the promotion of positive peer relationships through the use of positive gangs in a safe, caring and cooperative school climate. The intervention would also capacitate adolescents with prosocial skills and values that would yield positive outcomes for greater academic and life successes generally. The study recommends the use of the proposed ‘TEAM’ intervention in schools for mental health promotion. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (6 unnumbered pages, viii, 194 pages) : color illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Adolescent en
dc.subject Adolescent mental health en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.subject Mental health promotion en
dc.subject Prosocial skills en
dc.subject Social-emotional well-being en
dc.subject Social and emotional learning en
dc.subject Mixed method en
dc.subject School violence en
dc.subject ‘TEAM’ en
dc.subject Universal preventive and promotive strategy en
dc.subject.ddc 362.208350968
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Mental health -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Mental health services -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh High school students -- Services for -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Counseling in secondary education -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Depression in adolescence -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh School mental health services -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Emotional problems of teenagers -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Problem youth -- Behavior modification -- South Africa
dc.title Promotion of adolescent mental health through a social and emotional learning programme in South African high schools en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Health Studies D. Litt. et Phil. (Health Studies)

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