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Keywords

Forgiveness--Therapeutic use; School violence--Prevention; School mental health services;

Abstract

On December 14, 2012, 26 children and adults lost their lives in a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut (Memmott, 2012). The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) issued a statement in response to this tragedy that urged schools to implement mental health preventative measures, especially social‐emotional interventions (Cowan, 2012). Forgiveness interventions are presented as one way to meet both children and adolescents’ mental health needs and to prevent future social‐emotional difficulties. This review investigates a variety of forgiveness studies with children and adolescents that resulted in improved mental health in regard to level of forgiveness, anxiety, depression, self‐esteem, level of anger, hope for the future, perceptions of self and others, and academic achievement (Enright et al., 2007; Freedman & Knupp, 2003; Gambaro et al., 2008; Hui & Chau, 2009). In addition, this paper discusses the growing use of the RtI model in schools to support students’ mental health needs and how forgiveness interventions can easily fit into the RtI framework.

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Suzanne Freedman

Date Original

2014

Object Description

1 PDF file (iii, 40 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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