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(p. 1) Introduction: Are Our Youth All Right? 

(p. 1) Introduction: Are Our Youth All Right?
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(p. 1) Introduction: Are Our Youth All Right?
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Philip J. Lazarus

, Shannon M. Suldo

, and Beth Doll

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190918873.003.0001
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date: 25 January 2021

In this introduction, the authors discuss the purpose of this book, which is (a) to provide school-based mental health professionals with the knowledge and tools to help promote students’ emotional well-being and mental health, (b) to describe how to implement new models of mental health service delivery in schools, and (c) to prescribe practical strategies that bolster the likelihood that our youth will thrive in school and in life. The authors recommend conceptualizing student mental health through a dual-factor model that encompasses both promoting wellness and reducing pathology. They advocate for a change in educational priorities—one that supports the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit. They then discuss the prevalence of psychological distress in youth, risk and resilience research, the dual-factor model of mental health, happiness studies, new frameworks for the delivery of services, and the organization and structure of the text.

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