Turney, Catt

Catt Turney
Start date:
January 2016
Research Topic:
How does the transition to secondary school shape young people’s mental health and wellbeing? Informing the development of a theoretically-driven intervention
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Prof Simon Murphy and Dr Dawn Mannay
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

This project will use a mixed-methods approach to explore young people’s experiences of the transition from primary to secondary school, and their mental health and wellbeing during this time. The research will address the following principal research questions:

  • How does the transition to secondary school shape young people’s mental health and wellbeing in positive and negative ways, and how does this vary according to school context and socio-demographic factors?
  • What intervention methods offer the greatest potential to improve mental health and wellbeing during this transition?

This research will support the development of new theory on relationships between the school transition and young people’s mental health, and contribute to the development of new, theoretically-informed interventions to promote more positive mental health during this key period in the life-course.