School-Based Mental Health Checkups: Ready for Practical Action?
Article first published online: 21 AUG 2008
© 2008 American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 217–223, September 2008
How to Cite
Shirk, S. R. and Jungbluth, N. J. (2008), School-Based Mental Health Checkups: Ready for Practical Action?. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 15: 217–223. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2008.00131.x
- Issue published online: 21 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 21 AUG 2008
- Received December 19, 2007; accepted December 19, 2007.
Fox, Halpern, and Forsyth (2008) offer a compelling case for school-based mental health checkups for children at risk for developing anxiety and depressive disorders. Although the concept of universal mental health screening has obvious merits, a number of important issues in clinical science, practice, and training need to be addressed in order to promote successful implementation. With regard to clinical science, issues pertaining to risk assessment, screening implementation, and prevention effects for anxiety and depression deserve additional attention. Many of the challenging issues involved in the dissemination and utilization of evidence-based treatments, including current training of school-based clinicians, apply to screening and prevention efforts. We highlight some of what needs to be done in order to transport the concept of mental health checkups into school-based practice.