Evaluating the impact of the Pyramid intervention on the emotional health and school performance of students in early secondary education

Jayman, Michelle, Ohl, Maddie, Hughes, Bronach and Fox, Pauline (2015) Evaluating the impact of the Pyramid intervention on the emotional health and school performance of students in early secondary education. In: 10th International Child & Adolescent Psychopathology Conference, 20-22 July 2015, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: Poor mental health in childhood and adolescence is associated with a range of negative outcomes. The unique role of schools to support pupils with psychological difficulties has been increasingly recognized (Layard and Clark, 2014; Fazel et al, 2014). However, gaps in school-based research have provoked a demand for real-world evaluations to provide models of good practice (DH, 2013; Fazel et al, 2014). Pyramid is a targeted, school-based intervention which promotes the socio-emotional well-being (SEWB) of vulnerable pupils. Evidence from primary school evaluations has demonstrated improvements in vulnerable children’s SEWB (Ohl et al 2008, 2012; McKenna et al, 2014).
Aim(s): To examine the impact of Pyramid on adolescent pupils (aged 11-13), including secondary effects on school performance. To explore intervention facilitators which bring about change.
Methods: The impact of the Pyramid intervention on 45 pupils from six secondary schools was examined through a mixed-methods design. Quantitative measures included cross-informant Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQ: Goodman, 1997, 1998). Qualitative data was collected from focus groups.
Results: Teacher–rated SDQ results demonstrated improvements in the intervention group’s socio-emotional competencies compared to a comparison group. A thematic analysis of the qualitative data supported the findings and also identified potential causal mechanisms facilitating change. Moreover, secondary outcomes on school performance were elicited.
Conclusion: These findings will contribute to ongoing research on a larger cohort and provide preliminary support for Pyramid as a developmentally appropriate model for vulnerable young people in early secondary education. The supplementary impact of Pyramid on school performance warrants further investigation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education
Medicine and health > Mental health
Psychology
Depositing User: Michelle Jayman
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 18:08
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 14:09
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2300

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