Student Stress at the Transition to Middle School

An A-to-Z Guide for Implementing an Emotional Health Check-up

Ann Vander Stoep (Author, University of Washington), Kelly Thompson (Author)

Overview | Contents

Resources, checklists, instructions, and training materials for assessing student well-being.

The transition to middle school is often fraught with emotional, social, and academic challenges for students. Often, teachers don't have the proper resources to identify students for whom this transition is becoming a problem. In this book, Ann Vander Stoep and Kelly Thompson provide teachers, counselors, and administrators with a complete package for implementing the "Emotional Health Checkup": a program designed to identify and help middle school students who are in need of additional emotional support.

Readers will learn how to detect if a student's stress has shifted from a manageable level to an unhealthy "distress" level. They will then learn how to decide if the Emotional Health Checkup is a good fit for their school and how to get the school on board to implement the program.

The book is an A-to-Z guide on how to implement the Emotional Health Checkup once the need and commitment have been confirmed. Information includes: how to engage parents and guardians in the process, carry out the logistics of classroom screening day, and develop individualized student support plans. Complete orientation and training manuals are provided.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70986-5
  • 8 × 10 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

Student Stress at the Transition to Middle School makes a powerful contribution to the field of school mental health by addressing a critical transition in life for adolescents. The authors present a step-by-step guide for implementing a comprehensive schoolwide intervention that begins with universal screening and continues through tiered interventions. This book is a must-read for school personnel seeking to implement prevention programs that support the mental health needs of all students.” — Janine Jones, PhD, NCSP, Director of School Psychology, University of Washington

Student Stress at the Transition to Middle School gives an alternative strategy to help students make it through their first year of middle school. Instead of waiting until a student fails, breaks down emotionally, or gets into trouble, school staff can proactively identify students in need of additional academic, social, or problem-solving support. I wish there was a high school version as well. This is a practical, comprehensive guide that offers hope during a confusing age.” — Samara Hoag, MN, RN, School Nurse, Seattle, WA

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