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KidsMatter Evaluation Publications


2013

Teachers' knowledge and confidence for promoting positive mental health in primary school communities.

Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M. (2013). 'Teachers' knowledge and confidence for promoting positive mental health in primary school communities.' Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Eduction, 41(2), pp.126-143. 

2012

KidsMatter in Early Childhood: Photo stories from the Flinders University

Skrzypiec, G., Murray-Harvey, R., Krieg, S., Dix, K., Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M., et al. (2012). KidsMatter in Early Childhood: Photo stories from the Flinders University KidsMatter Early childhood Evaluation. Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.

KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation Report.

Slee, P., Murray-Harvey, R., Dix, K., Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M., et al. (2012). KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation Report. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.

KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation in Services with High Proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

Slee, P., Skrzypiec, G., Dix, K.L., Murray-Harvey, R. and Askell-Williams, H. (2012). KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation in Services with High Proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. Adelaide, South Australia: Shannon Research Press.

Quality of implementation of a school mental health initiative and changes over time in students' social and emotional competencies.

Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K., Lawson, M. and Slee, P. (2012). Quality of implementation of a school mental health initiative and changes over time in students' social and emotional competencies. School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

2011

What Is Professional Development For Mental Health Promotion In Schools Like? Perspectives From School Leaders And Teachers In 100 Australian Kidsmatter Primary Schools .

Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J. and Dix, K.L. (2011). 'What Is Professional Development For Mental Health Promotion In Schools Like? Perspectives From School Leaders And Teachers In 100 Australian Kidsmatter Primary Schools.' In The Clute Institute International Academic Conferences; 2011 Barcelona Spain. The 2011 Barcelona European Academic Conference. pp. 1241-1251.

A framework that builds bridges between teachers' prior knowledge and mental health promotion in schools.

Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M.J. (2011). 'A framework that builds bridges between teachers' prior knowledge and mental health promotion in schools.' In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 155-164.

Constructing high quality learning in social-emotional education programs.

Lawson, M.J. and Askell-Williams, H. (2011). 'Constructing high quality learning in social-emotional education programs.' In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 249-260.

Whole-school mental health promotion in Australia.

Slee, P., Dix, K. and Askell-Williams, H. (2011). 'Whole-school mental health promotion in Australia.' International Journal of Emotional Education, 3(2), pp.37-49. 

2010

KidsMatter primary evaluation technical report and user guide.

Dix, K.L., Keeves, J.P., Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., et al. (2010). KidsMatter primary evaluation technical report and user guide. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.

KidsMatter for Students with a Disability Evaluation Report
Dix, K.L., Shearer, J., Slee, P.T. and Butcher, C. (2010). KidsMatter for Students with a Disability: Evaluation Report. Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities, Adelaide.

KidsMatter Primary Plot Evaluation: Improving Mental Health.
Dix, K.L. (2010). KidsMatter Primary Plot Evaluation:  Improving Mental Health. Invited symposium paper presented at the 27th Conference of the International Congress for Applied Psychology , 11-16 July 2010, Melbourne.

Supporting school-based mental health services for children and students with a disability
Dix, K.L. and Shearer, J. (2010). Supporting school-based mental health services for children and students with a disability. RISE Conference , Flinders University, 5 November, Adelaide.

What Matters about KidsMatter? ?
Dix, K.L. (2010). What Matters about KidsMatter? Educational Futures Conference , 22 November 2010, Flinders University.
 

2009

Correspondence between measures of children's mental health.

Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M.J. (2009). 'Correspondence between measures of children's mental health.' In B. Matthews and T. Gibbons, ed. The Process of Research in Education A Festschrift in Honour of John P Keeves AM. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 116-134.

Venturing into schools: Locating mental health initiatives in complex environments.

Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J. and Slee, P.T. (2009). 'Venturing into schools: Locating mental health initiatives in complex environments.' International Journal of Emotional Education, 1(2), pp.14-33.

Identifying categories of student mental health with multiple measures and multiple informants using Latent Class Analysis  
Dix, K.L. (2009). 'Identifying categories of student mental health with multiple measures and multiple informants using Latent Class Analysis.' In B. Matthews and J.A. Gibbons (eds) The Process of Research in Education: A Festschrift in Honour of John P Keeves AM, (pp.135-150). Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.

Implementing a new initiative in mental health in Australian primary schools
Lawson MJ, Askell-Williams H, Dix KL, Slee PT, Skrzypiec G, and Spears B (2009) Implementing a new initiative in mental health in Australian primary schools. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, December.

KidsMatter Evaluation. Presentation of the Main Findings
Dix, K.L. and Skrzypiec, G. (2009) KidsMatter Evaluation: Presentation of the Main Findings. Presentation to the KidsMatter Partners and Project Officers at the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, 19 August.

KidsMatter Primary Evaluation Final Report and the Executive Summary
Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Owens, L., Skrzypiec, G., Spears, B. (2009). KidsMatter Primary Evaluation Final Report. KidsMatter and the Centre for Analysis of Educational Futures.

Kidsmatter Full Report (PDF 3MB)

School-based influences on student mental health. Components of the KidsMatter Initiative
Dix, K.L., Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A. and Slee, P.T. (2009) School-based influences on student mental health: Components of the KidsMatter Initiative. Poster presentation at the ARACY Conference, Making Prevention Work, Melbourne, 2-4 September.

2008

Early challenges in evaluating the KidsMatter national mental health promotion initiative in Australian primary schools

Askell-Williams, H., Russell, A., Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T., Spears, B., Lawson, M.J., et al. (2008). 'Early challenges in evaluating the KidsMatter national mental health promotion initiative in Australian primary schools.' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 10(2), pp.35-44.

School characteristics, parenting and student mental health: Parents reports from 100 Australian KidsMatter schools
Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Lawson. M.J. and Russell, A. (2008). School characteristics, parenting and student mental health: Parents reports from 100 Australian KidsMatter schools. Paper presented at the World Education Forum Conference, Adelaide, June.

Different measures, different informants, same outcomes.   
Dix, K.L., Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M.J. (2008). Different measures, different informants, same outcomes? Investigating multiple perspectives of primary school students mental health. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, December.

Issues in measuring student mental health. Symposium
Gregory, K., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A. and Dix, K.L. (2008) Issues in measuring student mental health. Symposium: Evaluating whole school approaches to mental health promotion: transferring learning to practice. Paper presented at From Margins to Mainstream: 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders , 10-12 September, Melbourne.

Mental Health promotion in primary schools. The KidsMatter evaluation from concept to data and beyond  
Slee, P., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Owens, L., Skryzpiec, G. and Spears, B. (2008) Mental Health promotion in primary schools: The KidsMatter evaluation from concept to data and beyond. Paper presented at the Learner Wellbeing Conference 2008 , Flinders University, Adelaide.

KidsMatter Project Officers facilitating change in schools  
Spears, B.A. and Dix, K.L. (2008) KidsMatter Project Officers facilitating change in schools. Symposium: Evaluating whole school approaches to mental health promotion: transferring learning to practice. Paper presented at From Margins to Mainstream: 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, 10-12 September, Melbourne.

2007

Teaching and Learning about Mental Illnesses: An Australian Perspective

Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J. and Murray-Harvey, R. (2007). 'Teaching and Learning about Mental Illnesses: An Australian Perspective.' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 9(4), pp.26-36. 
  


Other KidsMatter Evaluation related articles

Coping part of the curriculum: Tackling mental health issues at school

Tobler, H. (2011) 'Coping part of the curriculum: tackling mental health issues at school helps teachers, parents and children.' The Weekend Australian: Health and Science, 5 March 2011.

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Report: KidsMatter for Students with a Disability

Report: KidsMatter for Students with a Disability. Healthy Development Adelaide , 6(5), 10.


For further information contact:

Professor Phillip Slee
KidsMatter Evaluation Manager
Phone: +61 8 8201 3243
Fax: +61 8 8201 3184
Email: phillip.slee@flinders.edu.au