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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2015
"Using local and provincial data to examine the influence of schools on student mental health and achievement "
Over the past 30 years, substantial changes have occurred in the demographic and economic conditions of Ontario, including unparalleled levels of immigration, growth of visible minorities and non-English speaking populations and steady increases in discrimination, income inequality and concentrated poverty in neighbourhoods. Little is known, however, about the impact of these changes on child and youth mental health and academic achievement. Moreover, we have very little evidence that characterizes the mental health and academic needs of immigrant and visible minority children and youth – populations that are now growing rapidly in numbers, appear to be at elevated risk for exposure to poverty and are often under-represented in general population studies. To fill these evidence gaps, we are conducting two province wide studies: the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study (2014 OCHS) and the School Mental Health Surveys (SMHS), and recently completed a local study of 1,450 immigrant and non-immigrant youth attending 36 schools in Hamilton. The presentation will focus on the SMHS and our local, Hamilton Youth Study, and will present evidence that examines the role of schools on student mental health and achievement.