Accessible Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter June 9, 2016

Nobody’s Really Ever Asked Me Why: Anxiety as a Barrier to School Success

Diane M. Kratt

Abstract

Children’s mental health can be a barrier to school success. School-based mental health services exist and research has shown positive results with the implementation of them. However, students spend the majority of their school time with a teacher and very little research exists on the role of a teacher in regards to students with mental health conditions. In this study, a college student shares his life-long experiences on being a student living with anxiety. What can educators learn from someone like him?

References

Adelman, H. S., & Taylor, L. 2010. Mental health in schools: Engaging learners, preventing problems, and improving schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. Search in Google Scholar

American College Health Association (2012). American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Reference Group Executive Summary Spring 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2014 from http://www.acha-ncha.org/docs/ACHA-NCHA-II_ReferenceGroup_ExecutiveSummary_Spring 2012.pdf Search in Google Scholar

Blanco, C., Okuda, M., Wright, C., Hasin, D. S., Grant, B. F., Liu, S., & Olfson, M. 2008. Mental health of college students and their non-college-attending peers: Results from the National Epidemiologic Study on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65, 1429–1437. Search in Google Scholar

Bruns, E., Walrath, C., & Glass-Siegel, M. 2004. SMH services in Baltimore: Association with school climate and special education referrals. Behavior Modification, 28(4), 491–512. Search in Google Scholar

Charmaz, K. 1983. The grounded theory method: An explication and interpretation. In R. M. Emerson(Eds), Contemporary field research: A collection of readings (pp. 109–126). Boston, MA: Little, Brown. Search in Google Scholar

Creswell, J. W. 2012. Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research 4th ed. Boston, MA: Pearson. Search in Google Scholar

Creswell, J. W. 2013. Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE. Search in Google Scholar

Dix, K. L., Slee, P. T., Lawson, M. J., & Keeves, J. P. 2012. Implementation quality of whole‐school mental health promotion and students’ academic performance. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17(1), 45–51. Search in Google Scholar

Farrell, L., Barrett, P., & Ollendick, T. 2007. School-based interventions for anxiety disorders in children and youth. In Evans, S. W. Weist, M. D. & Serpell, Z. (Ed.), Advances in School-Based Mental Health Interventions: Best Practices and Program Models (pp. 15-1-20). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute. Search in Google Scholar

Green, J. G., McLaughlin, K. A., Alegría, M., Costello, E. J., Gruber, M. J., Hoagwood, K., & Kessler, R. C. 2013. School mental health resources and adolescent mental health service use. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 52(5), 501–510. Search in Google Scholar

Lehr, C. A., Johnson, D. R., Bremer, C. D., Cosio, A., & Thompson, M. 2004. Essential tools: Increasing rates of school completion: Moving from policy and research to practice. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Search in Google Scholar

Merriam, S. B. 2009. Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Search in Google Scholar

Merriam-Webster (2014). Online dictionary. Retrieved November 19, 2014 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anxiety. Search in Google Scholar

Myers, S. S., & Pianta, R. C. 2008. Developmental commentary: Individual and contextual influences on student-teacher relationships and children’s early problem behaviors. Journal of Clinical & Adolescent Psychology, 37, 600–608. Search in Google Scholar

National Alliance on Mental Health (2012). Anxiety disorders: Fact sheet. Retrieved November 10, 2014 from file:///C:/Users/User/Documents/Ed.%20D.%20Program%20FGCU/Exceptionaliy%20perspctives%20fall14/Mental%20Health%20and%20Schooling%20A%20University%20Student’s%20Experience/anxietydisorders_factsheet.pdf Search in Google Scholar

National Alliance on Mental Health (n.d.). An Overview of Multi-Cultural Issues in Children’s Mental Health. Retrieved November 20, 2014 from http://www.nami.org/TextTemplate.cfm?Section=Multicultural_Support1&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=55786 Search in Google Scholar

National Institute of Mental Health (n.d.). Statistics: Any disorder among adults. Retrieved November 10, 2014, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1ANYDIS_ADULT.shtml Search in Google Scholar

National Institute of Mental Health (2005). Press Release: Mental illness exacts heavy toll, beginning in youth. Retrieved November 10, 2014, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2005/mental-illness-exacts-heavy-toll-beginning-in-youth.shtml. Search in Google Scholar

National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. 2009. Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among young people: Progress and possibilities. M. E. O’Connell, T. Boat, & K. E. Warner (Eds), Board of Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington DC: The National Academies Press. Search in Google Scholar

Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success (n.d.). OMHNSS Information Brief. Retrieved November 10, 2014, from http://www.units.miamioh.edu/csbmhp/network/barriers.pdf Search in Google Scholar

Pereira, C. A., Chaob, W. L., Martins, A. S. G., Terzi, F., Filho, E. C. M., Rohdea, L. A., & Polanczyk, G. V. 2012. Mental health training for elementary school teachers. Neuropsychiatrie De L’enfance Et De L’adolescence, 60(5), S298–S299. Search in Google Scholar

Rossen, E., & Cowan, K. C. 2014. Improving mental health in schools. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(4), 8–13. Search in Google Scholar

Silverman, W. K., & Treffers, P. D. A. 2001. Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Research, assessment, and Intervention. New York: Cambridge University Press. Search in Google Scholar

Stipek, D., & Miles, S. 2008. Effects of aggression on achievement: Does conflict with the teacher make it worse? Child Development, 79, 1721–1735. Search in Google Scholar

Strozer, J., Juszczak, L., & Ammerman, A. 2010. 2007–2008 National School-Based Health Care Census. Washington, DC: National Assembly on School-Based Health Care. Search in Google Scholar

Weist, M. D., Sander, M. A., Walrath, C., Link, B., Nabors, L., Adelsheim, S., Moore, E., Jennings, J., & Carrillo, K. 2005. Developing principles for best practice in expanded school mental health. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 34(1), 7–13. Search in Google Scholar

Welsh, M., Parke, R. D., Widaman, K., & O’Neil, R. 2001. Linkages between children’s social and academic competence: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of School Psychology, 39, 463–482. Search in Google Scholar

Weston, K. J., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Burke, R. W. 2008. Developing a comprehensive curriculum framework for teacher preparation in expanded school mental health. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 1(4), 25–41. Search in Google Scholar

Williams, J. H., Horvath, V. E., Wei, H., Van Dorn, R. A., & Jonson-Reid, M. 2007. Teacher’s perspectives of children’s mental health service needs in urban elementary schools. Children and Schools, 29(2), 95–107. Search in Google Scholar

Woods, P. 1985. Conversations with teachers: Some aspects of life-history method. British Educational Research Journal, 11(1), 13–26. Search in Google Scholar

Published Online: 2016-6-9
Published in Print: 2016-9-1

©2016 by De Gruyter