Parker, Rachel

Rachel Parker
Start date:
October 2016
Research Topic:
Understanding the Role of Schools in Adolescent Self Harming Behaviours
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Rhiannon Evans and Professor Jonathan Scourfield
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My work centres upon understanding the needs of, and providing support for, the adolescent self-harm population group within secondary schools settings in Wales.
Secondary schools are key environments in regards to adolescent health behaviours and promotion, and although research is limited, schools can play an important role in identifying and responding to pupils’ emotional and mental health needs. This research project therefore aims to investigate the role of schools in regards to adolescent self-harm, specifically exploring staff and pupil perspectives regarding barriers and facilitators to schools intervening with students’ self-harm behaviour. This will help to develop system-level prevention and intervention.