Reframing adolescence is a fitting approach to the topic of mental health. In recent years the positive psychology movement has reframed mental illness to focus on human strengths and happiness. However, rather than throw the 'mental illness baby out with the bath water' we propose that both negative (mental illness) and positive (wellbeing) dimensions should be included in a discussion about mental health at the onset of adolescence. A great deal of the remaining chapter then centres upon the factors that contribute to mental health during early adolescence, including connectedness, self esteem, coping and resilience. Developmental changes as well as gender differences are noted. Implications for schools and teachers conclude this chapter.
|Title of host publication||Middle years schooling|
|Subtitle of host publication||Reframing adolescence.|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, Australia|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|