Poor mental health and well-being is an unprecedented problem among children today. Seligman (2011) proposes that well-being and happiness should be supported through positive psychology approaches. The PERMA-profiler (Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishments/Achievements) (Butler and Kern 2015) requires individuals to self-assess levels of ‘flourishing’. This pilot project aimed to assess the value of the PERMA-profiler as a tool to identify the general mental health and well-being of year 7 pupils in three secondary schools. Following the first questionnaire, teachers were offered general class design strategies before pupils were reassessed at the end of the term. Results suggest the value of a self-assessment tool in identifying the overall levels of pupils’ mental health and well-being and also the early identification of individuals who may experience subsequent difficulties.
Evaluating the PERMA-profiler to identify and support pupil mental health and wellbeing in the transition to secondary school
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