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Self-Perception and Mental Health

Write a brief explanation of one common self-perception, one behavior, and one mental
health issue for school-aged children. Then, explain strategies for mitigating each issue that
promote good self-perception, positive behavior, and mental wellness for school-aged
children. Explain how you might educate parents on implementing these strategies with
their children. Finally, suggest resources that you might recommend to parents for
additional education and/or support.

Self-Perception, Mental Health and Positive Behavior in School-Age Children
Mental wellness in people entails behavioral, psychological, neurological, as well as
psychiatric developments (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009, Pg. 411). A variety of
situations places school-age children at raised risks of developing mental unwellness. Among


factors that could lead to mental insufficiencies in children is exposure to toxic environmental
pollutants. Violence and neglect of children’s caretakers also contribute significantly to the
development of mental illnesses (Burns, Dunn, Brady, Starr, and Blosser, 2012, Pg. 9). It is the
role of healthcare practitioners to promote mental health among the young (Hagan, Shaw, &
Duncan, 2008, Pg. 355).
It is commonly perceived that mentally ill children are dangerous, and it is bad to associate
with them. In most cases, such children are socially unwelcome. In terms of behavior, mentally
ill school-age children express combativeness, withdrawal from other persons, they could easily
initiate trouble. Their relationships with the society are severe and impaired. Common illnesses
that school-age minors express include anxiety and schizophrenia (WebMD, 2015, pg. 1).
Strategies that promote the development of desirable perception on mentally ill school-age
juniors include educating the society. To enhance appropriate behavioral conduct, caregivers
should counsel the sick minors on positive manners. Addressing the treatment of mental illnesses
such as schizophrenia would require intensive research. In addition to establishing treatment
strategies, research could also enhance the understanding of practitioners on mental illnesses.
When practitioners are knowledgeable, they can identify endangered children early enough, and
intervene to prevent the occurrence of mental insufficiencies.
Parents need education on enhancing desirable manners in their children. Their education
should incorporate efficient strategies of imparting beneficial conduct in children. In terms of
managing psychological illnesses, parents need an education that could allow them to recognize
mental abnormalities early enough.


It is recommendable that parents offer early development services to their children. Using
the tool could facilitate their handling of mentally sick minors.


America Academy of Pediatrics. (2009). The future of pediatrics: Mental health competencies
for pediatric primary care. Pediatrics, 124(1), 410–421.


Burns, C. E., Dunn, A. M., Brady, M. A., Starr, N. B., & Blosser, C. G. (2012). Pediatric
primary care (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
Hagan, J. F., Jr., Shaw, J. S., Duncan, P. M. (Eds.). (2008). Bright futures: Guidelines for health
supervision of infants, children, and adolescents (3rd ed.). Elk Grove Village, IL:
American Academy of Pediatrics.
WebMD. (2015). Mental illnesses in children.

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