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Weeks, Caoimhe; Hill, Vivian; Owen, Charlie – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2017
Promoting mental health and well-being for children and young people in the UK has attracted increasing prominence in recent years and has been a focus for government strategy within health and education. Training and practice in educational psychology has increasingly focused on developing skills and expertise to provide therapeutic support…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Well Being, Foreign Countries, Cognitive Restructuring
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Francis, Yvonne J.; Bennion, Kim; Humrich, Sarah – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2017
Research shows that Looked After Children (LAC) may experience emotional instability which can reduce their capacity to engage with education. This study evaluates an attachment based therapeutic Theraplay® intervention designed to bridge the gap between the emotional well-being of LAC and their engagement in education. Twenty LAC between the ages…
Descriptors: Therapeutic Recreation, Play, Outcomes of Treatment, Intervention
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Stanbridge, Joanna K.; Campbell, Lorraine N. – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2016
Questions of how best to support both children's emotional well-being and behaviour in schools are pervasive. The efficacy of an intervention planning tool to support internalising and externalising emotional needs and promote early intervention was explored in a small-scale case study. Adults were trained in two primary schools to carry out the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Intervention, Well Being, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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Neal, Sinead; Frederickson, Norah – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2016
The transition to secondary school is considered difficult for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), yet there has been little strength-based investigation of positive experiences of this population and the types of support they value most in managing anxiety about transition. The current article presents a qualitative exploration of the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Transitional Programs, Secondary School Students
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Hughes, Cerian; Cline, Tony – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2015
This study evaluated the efficacy of preschool Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS), an early years curriculum designed to improve children's social and emotional competence, and reduce problem behaviour. Fifty-seven children aged three to four years took part in the study over one academic year. The control group (Group 1) received…
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Preschool Education, Emotional Development, Social Development
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Ewing, Donna L.; Monsen, Jeremy J.; Kwoka, Maria – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
This action research project considered whether significant improvements in child and young person behavioural and emotional mental health could be achieved using school-based play workers as opposed to qualified therapists. This was seen as being an important practice question as access to qualified play therapists was severely restricted with…
Descriptors: Action Research, Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Mental Disorders
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Ubha, Neerose; Cahill, Sharon – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Despite the wide implications of attachment theory there remains a lack of research exploring interventions which encapsulate the principles of an attachment-based framework in the school context. The aim of this research was to address this gap by implementing an intervention for a group of five primary-aged pupils with identified insecure…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Security (Psychology), Intervention, Elementary School Students
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Pritchett, Rachel; Nowek, Gail; Neill, Cróna; Minnis, Helen – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Studies examining the well-being of British children find that about 5-10% are at risk of developing problems. This study aimed to examine the emotional and behavioural development of six to eight year olds in an area of socio-economic deprivation in Glasgow (Scotland) and compare this with UK norms. Furthermore, it aimed to look at overlap…
Descriptors: Emotional Development, Social Development, Foreign Countries, Economically Disadvantaged
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Lowther, Cath – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2013
Evaluation is a central feature of educational psychologists' (EPs) work. Different evaluation tools have been used in the published literature but a consistent approach is yet to emerge. Informed by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, this research asks what information EPs find meaningful when they evaluate their work. Six EPs working in a…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Psychologists, Evaluation Methods, Phenomenology