Date of Thesis

Spring 2018

Thesis Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Education

Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration

Education - Education Research

First Advisor

Douglas Dexter

Keywords

rural, schools, mental health, case study, education, programs

Abstract

Using a case study approach, this study investigated the current status of mental health programs and resources within a specific middle school in Eastern Rural Pennsylvania. Interviews were conducted with a school counselor, principal, teacher, social worker and mental health liaison in order to uncover the perceived strengths and weaknesses of mental health resources at this school, and the perceived barriers to providing mental healthcare. Data analysis revealed that the main barriers included parental involvement, parental follow-through, transportation and funding. Further questions were identified for future research within this school in order to create specific recommendations for improvement. Additionally, a case study scenario was created using the findings of this research to contribute to professional development for current in-service school staff members, and for future school staff members in training programs.

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