Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) for secondary schools: implementation difficulties and their implications for school-based mental health promotion

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BackgroundIncreasing concern about adolescent mental health problems has resulted in schools being identified as central sites for their prevention (PsycInfo; ERIC 2000–2012). In this context, SEAL for secondary schools was launched in 2007.MethodThe implementation strand of the national evaluation of secondary SEAL comprised longitudinal case studies of nine schools and used multiple methods and data sources, including interviews, observations and document review.ResultsImplementation was variable, both within and between schools; barriers were identified at programme, teacher and school levels.ConclusionsImplementation issues identified have implications for SEAL and school-based mental health prevention and promotion interventions more generally.

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