Special Resource Material Developed by the Center

Title: Countering the Over-pathologizing of Students' Feelings & Behavior: A Growing Concern Related to MH in Schools (Practice Notes)

Description: Reasonable concern for the well-being of children and adolescents and the need to address barriers to learning and teaching has led schools to deploy resources to deal with a variety of health and psychosocial matters (e.g., bullying, depression, suicide, ADHD, LD, obesity, etc.). Over time, agenda priorities shift, and resources are redeployed. Some of the activity is helpful; some is not; some has unintended negative consequences. Among the many issues raised by all this, there is growing concern about how often the ways in which students respond to and cope with the demands of growing up are labeled as pathological and sensationalized.

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/practicenotes/pathology.pdf  51kb; 2pp