Date of Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration
Education - Education Research
rural, schools, mental health, case study, education, programs
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.
Kempf, Katelyn, "Creating Effective Mental Health Programs in Rural Middle Schools: A Case Study of Challenges, Policy and Programming" (2018). Honors Theses. 467.