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The authors look at both the risk factors and the protective factors involved in emotional health, and address the impact of issues such as bullying, social exclusion, loss, and bereavement.

Schools in a Social Setting
Schools in a social setting

Change is also difficult because it is about transforming sophisticated relationships not simple behaviours, in complex classroom situations and organisational systems, whose purpose and direction are politically compounded and contested. (Hargreaves et al., 1996)

Emotional health and well-being are best understood within a social-cultural framework (see Figure 1.4.1) in which consideration is taken of a range of interacting factors. Our focus is very much on the social context within which young people either develop resilience in the face of stress and adversity or are precipitated into states of distress and disturbance.

FIGURE 1.4.1 MENTAL HEALTH AS A PROCESS WITH PREDISPOSING, PRECIPITATING AND SUPPORTING FACTORS, TOGETHER WITH OUTCOMES AND CONSEQUENCES (ADAPTED FROM LAVIKAINEN ET AL., 2000, P. 38)

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