Evidence base

There is a growing body of evidence and expert opinion to suggest that a comprehensive and systematic approach to social and emotional wellbeing in educational settings may be associated with improved behaviour, higher academic achievement and better health outcomes.  

These benefits may persist beyond the years of schooling, to be reflected in more positive health and social outcomes in adulthood.  

Support for this premise comes from literature across a range of disciplines, including education, sociology, psychology and health promotion.  

The best evidence exists for sustained and integrated approaches (over a year or more) that combine a focus on the development of social and emotional skills through the curriculum and pedagogical practices, as well as an emphasis on creating supportive learning environments.

Response Ability Articles

The following articles and conference papers have been authored by the Response Ability project team, some in collaboration with members of our Advisory Group or other partners.  They summarise information about the development of the project, its evidence base and evaluation.

Kay-Lambkin, F., Kemp, E., Stafford, K. and Hazell, T. (2007). Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention in Early Childhood and Primary Settings: A Review.  Journal of Student Wellbeing, 1: 31-56.  Download PDF

Stafford, K., Moore, C., Foggett, K., Kemp, E. and Hazell, T. (2007). Proving and Improving: Exploring the links between resilience, behaviour and academic outcomes.  Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) ConferenceDownload PDF

Hazel, G. and Vincent, K. (2005). Adolescents' Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Finding a place in teacher education. Education Connect, 3: 3-9.  Download PDF

Allen, J. and Vincent, K.  (2005).  Journeys: Supporting innovation in teacher education throughout Australia.  Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference.  Download PDF

Vincent, K., Hazell, T., Allen, J., and Griffiths, T.  (2005).  New Times, New Teachers: Valuing Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Teacher Education.  Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference.  Download PDF

Weatherby-Fell, N. and Vincent, K. (2005). Social and emotional wellbeing in teacher education: Reflections by early career teachers. Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) ConferenceDownload PDF