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Mental health during the transition to high school


Is your child currently in 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝟲?

Would they be interested in helping our research investigating 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹?

The move from primary to secondary school can be stressful for students, particularly if they face additional challenges (such as difficulty with reading). This transition also coincides with a time of increased risk for mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

𝗔𝗶𝗺: We aim to recruit current Year 6 students (with and without reading difficulties) and their parents, and survey them once a year for up to three years, to better understand the risk and protective factors for mental health over this transition.

𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲? We are a team of researchers from Curtin University who are motivated to use our research experience to facilitate positive mental health for children with and without language and literacy difficulties.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱? Children will complete a 45 to 60 minute online survey about their social and emotional wellbeing as well as a short reading assessment. A member of the research team will sit with your child to assist them with the survey.

Whilst your child is completing their survey, you (the parent or caregiver) will complete a 40 minute online survey about parental mental health, child social and emotional health, and academic experiences.

As a thank you, each child will receive a 𝗴𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿.

𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱?If you're interested in taking part, please provide your contact details here:, and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.


If you would like more information please do get in touch. The project phone number is 0478251132, and we're also happy to be emailed directly: Mark Boyes (, Elizabeth Hill (, and Adrienne Wilmot (

More information can also be found in the information sheets, which can be downloaded here.

Thank you!


Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2020-0168).

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