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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This mixed methods, primarily quantitative study examined the perceptions of urban public school teachers about school-based mental health (SBMH) programs and services. The participants included public elementary, middle, and high school teachers from the urban areas of New York City, Boston, and Berkeley, California. Forty participants responded to an online survey, which included questions addressing the demographic characteristics of participants and ideas for improving the SBMH program at their schools. Twenty-five of the participants were from Boston, eight were from New York City, and seven were from Berkeley. Seventeen participants were teachers in elementary schools, ten were teachers from middle schools, and thirteen were teachers in high schools. This study addressed the following research question: Do school-based mental health programs have a positive outcome on elementary, middle, and high school aged student's functioning from the perspective of teachers in urban public school systems?


Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2008. iii, 108 p. Includes bibliographical references (p. 96-100)