Improving the socio-emotional health of young people in early secondary education: a pilot study of the pyramid intervention

Michelle Jayman, Madeleine Ohl, Bronach Hughes, Pauline Fox

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Objectives: Poor emotional health in adolescence is related to many negative outcomes including poor academic performance and mental health issues. The Pyramid project (a school-based intervention programme) aims to improve the socio-emotional well-being of vulnerable adolescents.

Method: The impact of the Pyramid project on seven early-adolescent students was examined through a mixed-methods design including the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and a focus group.

Results: Improvements in socio-emotional competencies were demonstrated compared to a comparison group. Thematic analysis supported the quantitative findings and identified potential causal mechanisms facilitating change.

Conclusion: This pilot supports extending the research to a larger cohort and examining impact on academic achievement. Findings have the potential to underpin evidence-based policy and practice in the early adolescent population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication BPS Developmental Section Conference
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
EventBPS Developmental Section Conference - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Sept 20145 Sept 2014


ConferenceBPS Developmental Section Conference

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