An exploration of educational psychologists' views of their role with child and adolescent mental health and psychological wellbeing

Fee, Jonathan (2012) An exploration of educational psychologists' views of their role with child and adolescent mental health and psychological wellbeing. Professional doctorate thesis, University of East London.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the role of educational psychologists (EPs) working with mental health and psychological wellbeing. A mixed methods parallel design weighted towards the quantitative phase of the research has been adopted. An electronic questionnaire was sent to three local authority educational psychology services in the southern region of England to establish the nature of EP involvement in mental health and psychological wellbeing. The quantitative phase of the research provides a context for the more detailed qualitative phase. The process of Grounded Theory was followed to complete six in-depth interviews with EPs with a range of backgrounds and experience. The findings indicated that EPs are engaging in some mental heatlh and psychological wellbeing work, although this varies between individuals and services. The emerging theory focused on the need for EPs to have a clear vision of their role and work holistically along a continuum of practice to meet the needs of children and young people. Issues around training, opportunity and supervision were identified as important factors needing to be addressed to allow EPs to engage in more of this type of work. Other issues such as understanding the various perspectives on mental health, the location of the EPS, working with other professionals and dealing with governance also emerged as important areas to consider. Finally, a model of meeting the mental health and psychological wellbeing need of children and young people is proposed to aid services to review the various components that might facilitate EPs engaging in more work of this nature.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional doctorate)
Divisions: Electronic Theses and Dissertations > Theses (open access)
Schools > Psychology, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 10:33
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 17:00
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1441

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