Early adolescence and mental health

Darryl Maybery, Andrea Reupert

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiddle years schooling
Subtitle of host publicationReframing adolescence.
EditorsSally Knipe
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherPearson
Pages97-121
Number of pages25
Edition5
ISBN (Print)9780733986925
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    Maybery, D., & Reupert, A. (2007). Early adolescence and mental health. In S. Knipe (Ed.), Middle years schooling: Reframing adolescence. (5 ed., pp. 97-121). Pearson.