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Title: Building resilience in school children : risk and promotive factors amongst Maltese primary school pupils
Authors: Cefai, Carmel
Camilleri, Liberato
Keywords: Resilience (Personality trait) in children -- Malta
Education -- Social aspects -- Malta -- Case studies
Inclusive education -- Malta
Education, Primary -- Malta
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Malta. European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health
Citation: Cefai, C., & Camilleri, L. (2011). Building resilience in school children : risk and promotive factors amongst Maltese primary school pupils. Msida: University of Malta, European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health.
Abstract: This study was a follow up to the national study on social, emotional and behaviour difficulties which sought to establish the prevalence rate and the pattern of distribution of such difficulties in Maltese primary and secondary schools (Cefai, Cooper and Camilleri, 2008). It examined the trajectories and drivers of change, both positive and negative, from Year 1 to Year 4 in primary schools.The sample consisted of all Year 1 primary pupils who had participated in the first study and who were now in Year 4. 486 pupils attending 65 state and non-state primary schools, as well as their classroom teachers and parents were selected to participate. 79.6% of teachers, 84.2% of pupils and 61.9% of parents returned the completed questionnaires. The first part of this report provides a portrait of pupils’ behaviour in Year 4. 9.4% of Year 4 pupils have SEBD according to teachers, while the prevalence rate according to parents is 7.8%, although the difference is not significant. The most common difficulties are those related to hyperactivity, followed by conduct and emotional problems respectively. Boys appear to be more vulnerable than girls, exhibiting more difficulties and less prosocial behaviour. Both difficulties particularly conduct and peer problems, and prosocial behaviour, increased from Year 1 to Year 4.
Description: The authors would like to express their deep appreciation to the following for making this research project and publication possible: The Research Fund Committee at the University of Malta for partially funding this project. All the schools which participated in the project, including the College Principals and Heads of Schools, the schools’ clerical staff, and all the classroom teachers, pupils and parents who completed the questionnaires.The data collection team led by Rosette Dimech and other students on the M.Ed, SEBD and M.Ed Inclusion and IENs at the Faculty of Education. Marisa Farrugia for inputting the data. Our colleague Professor Paul Cooper (University of Leicester, UK) who was a key partner in the initial national study which preceded this study.
ISBN: 9789995700928
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