The importance of social support for students with intellectual disability : an intervention to promote mental health and well-being

Campbell, Marilyn A. & Gilmore, Linda (2014) The importance of social support for students with intellectual disability : an intervention to promote mental health and well-being. Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences, 9(1), pp. 21-28.

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Abstract

Children and adolescents with intellectual disability have higher rates of mental health problems compared with there typically developing peers. Social support has been identified as an important protective factor for psychological well - being. In this paper we discuss the benefits of social support networks, and consider approaches for promoting children’s perceptions of the availability of social support. We describe an evidence-based intervention that has been specially adapted and implemented for students with intellectual disability in school settings. In a randomised controlled trial, the Aussie Optimism Resilience Skills Program was associated with improved perceptions of social support following a 10-week intervention. Educators need to be aware of the increased vulnerability of students with intellectual disability to the development mental health problems and the proactive ways in which they can promote psychological well - being within their classrooms.

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ID Code: 70449
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: intellectual disability, social support, children, Aussie Optimism, resilience
ISSN: 1305-905X
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) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 SPROC LTD. Academic World Education & Research Center
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2014 01:52
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 08:37

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