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Student help seeking from pastoral care in UK high schools: a qualitative study

Kendal, Sarah, Keeley, Philip and Callery, Peter (2014) Student help seeking from pastoral care in UK high schools: a qualitative study. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19 (3). pp. 178-184. ISSN 1475-357X

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Little is known about high school students' perceptions of school-based pastoral support. This study aimed to explore this in the context of a high school–based emotional support project.

Qualitative interviews explored perspectives on help seeking of students (N = 23) and staff (N = 27) in three UK high schools where a pastoral project was introduced. Data were analysed thematically.

Student peer groups perceived help seeking as a sign of weakness. However, students valued learning skills in managing emotions and friendships. Staff expressed concerns about students' ability to help seek proactively, and highlighted organisational influences on pastoral support.

Increasing student control over the process, and involving trusted staff, could encourage help seeking in high school. It is possible to access the views of students who do not help seek, to improve understanding of help-seeking behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 15:50
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 18:50


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