DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 3
2015 Volume 34, Issue 3 30 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Connecting data in this way enables the examination of relationships between events at a population level in order to answer research questions that cannot be studied accurately in smaller samples or for distant events. Record linkage is a powerful way to answer research questions that require data that cross disciplinary boundaries and custodianship. For example, researchers could see whether birth weight has an influence on children’s readiness to learn at school by combining data from health and education agencies. Analyses can be further enriched by incorporating parental records to provide information about how significant events in parents’ lives, such as hospitalisation for serious illness or a court appearance impact on children’s health and wellbeing. Research outcomes The long-term goal of the NSW- CDS is to provide a comprehensive picture of the factors important to mental health. Results from the study have the potential to benefit schools, governments, and other organisations to help inform policy developments and effective support programs to maximise resilience and promote healthy development for Australian children. students online during class time. The confidential survey contains 108 Likert-scale items that ask a student to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Participating schools will receive school-specific feedback in an aggregated anonymous format outlining the mental health and wellbeing of their participating cohort. Survey of School Promotion of Emotional and Social Health (SSHPESH) The SSPESH is a survey for principals of the NSW primary schools participating in the MCS. The 15-item survey seeks to ascertain the nature and extent of whole-school mental health promotion programs. The findings from this study will be used to provide the school-level picture that may help explain child-level outcomes as measured by the MCS. Record linkage Record Linkage is a research data preparation process that connects an individual’s records from multiple data sources that are provided by different agencies whilst preserving anonymity. The ability to combine data from different agencies and sources is a newly available capacity that is offered through the multidisciplinary Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) in NSW, a government-led initiative (NSW Ministry of Health, 2015). References and further reading Beyondblue 2015, ‘Beyondblue launches new MindMatters initiative to improve mental health in Australian Secondary schools’, Beyondblue, accessed 21 July 2015. Burnett-Zeigler, I, Walton, M, Ilgen, M, Barry, K, Chermack, S, Zucker, R, . . . Blow, F 2012, ‘Prevalence and correlates of mental health problems and treatment among adolescents seen in primary care’, Journal of adolescent health, 50(6), pp. 559-564. Cornaglia, F, Crivellaro, E and McNally, S 2012, ‘Mental health and education decisions’, Labour economics 33, pp. 1-12. Kessler, R, Berglund, P, Demier, O, Jin, R, Merikangas, K and Walters, E 2005, ‘Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the national comorbidity survey replication’, Archives of general psychiatry, 62(6), pp. 593-602. Klasen, F, Otto, C, Kriston, L, Patalay, P, Schlack, R, and Ravens-Sieberer, U 2014, ‘Risk and protective factors for the development of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents: results of the longitudinal BELLA study’, European child & adolescent psychiatry, 24(6), pp. 695-703. Murphy, J, Guzman, J, McCarthy, A, Squicciarini, A, George, M, Canenguez, K, . . . Jellinek, M 2014, ‘Mental health predicts better academic outcomes: a longitudinal study of elementary school students in Chile’, Child psychiatry human development, 46, pp. 245-256. NSW Ministry of Health 2015, Centre for Health Record Linkage, accessed 21 July 2015.
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