This project is a SCPHRP seed-funded research project. Seed-funding research was part of the SCPHRP remit during the period of 2008 ’ 2012.
MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit
Professor Lyndal Bond
Schools are not just neutral places where young people learn; the school context or ethos affects them positively or negatively. There is evidence that school ethos is related to young people’s substance use, mental health and educational outcomes and that interventions focusing on changing ethos appear to be effective in reducing substance use and anti-social behaviour.
The aim of this study is to map and assess the range of current interventions in Scotland that have the capacity to change school ethos. Our objectives are to contribute towards the development of interventions and the design of future evaluations by clarifying:
- intended mechanisms behind interventions and their likely impact on health inequalities
- if an existing programme warrants rigorous evaluation, or whether it is necessary to develop a new intervention, and
- what should and can be measured, feasible methods and, by understanding institutional contexts, what might facilitate or impede evaluation.