Date of Award
College of Education
Type of Degree
Dr. Thomas Hisiro, Committee Chairperson
Dr. Ronald Childress
Dr. Paula Potter
Approximately one in five children have a mental health need that impacts their academic functioning (World Health Organization, 2004). This study investigated what actions school administrators who oversee kindergarten through eighth grade, and how their perceptions of mental health have impacted those decisions. Both a survey and an interview were conducted with current school administrators in three counties in Western Pennsylvania. Findings suggested that administrators take mental health factors to learning very seriously and place a significant amount of pressure on themselves to address this barrier. Additionally, school administrators utilize a team approach to focus on mental health in the school setting, often incorporating outside agencies and therapists. Administrators reported a significant increase in time spent addressing mental health, particularly in early grade levels. Further implications were discussed, and future research ideas were recommended.
School children -- Mental health services.
School management and organization -- Pennsylvania.
Educational leadership -- Pennsylvania.
Teti, Andrew Charles, "School administrator perceptions and actions toward reducing mental health factors to learning" (2020). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1320.
Child Psychology Commons, Disability and Equity in Education Commons, Educational Leadership Commons, Educational Psychology Commons, Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration Commons, School Psychology Commons