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Teachers' recognition and referral of anxiety disorders in primary school children

Headley, Clea & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2011) Teachers' recognition and referral of anxiety disorders in primary school children. Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 11, pp. 78-90.

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Abstract

This study investigated the ability of primary school teachers to recognise and refer children with anxiety symptoms. Two hundred and ninety-nine primary school teachers completed a questionnaire exploring their recognition and referral responses to five hypothetical vignettes that described boys and girls with varying severity of anxiety symptoms. Results revealed that teachers were generally able to recognise and make the decision to refer children with severe levels of anxiety. However, they had difficulty distinguishing between children with moderate anxiety symptoms and a severe anxiety disorder. Female teachers were more likely to refer children than were male teachers. The implications and future research are discussed.

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ID Code: 48399
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: anxiety disorders, teachers, primary students, recognition, referral
ISSN: 1446-5442
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 School of Education, Faculty of Education & Arts, University of Newcastle.
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2012 09:30
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 22:06

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