Most cited CAMH paper #10 of 25: Implementation quality of whole‐school mental health promotion and students’ academic performance

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To celebrate the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal’s 25th anniversary, we have released the 25 top cited articles of all time*! All papers are freely available online for you to read.

Number 10 is…

Implementation quality of whole‐school mental health promotion and students’ academic performance
Katherine L. Dix, Phillip T. Sle,e Michael J. Lawson, John P. Keeves
Child and Adolescent Mental Health First Published: 31 May 2011

Key Practitioner Message:

  • Given the known relationship between student academic achievement and mental health, many nations are mounting school‐based mental health interventions: however, the quality of program implementation remains a concern
  • The Australian KidsMatter primary school mental health intervention enabled the development of an Implementation Index allowing schools to be grouped into low‐ to high‐ implementing schools
  • The quality of implementation of KidsMatter appears to be positively associated with the level of student academic achievement, equivalent to 6 months more schooling by Year 7, over and above any influence of socioeconomic background

*as od December 2019

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