Monash University
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A Pedagogical Intervention to Support Social and Emotional Development and Health in Early Childhood: An Intervention Mapping Approach

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posted on 2020-05-11, 06:21 authored by CLAIRE ALICIA BLEWITT
This thesis integrated health and educational perspectives to co-design, implement, and evaluate a pedagogical intervention that supports early childhood educators to foster children’s social and emotional skills using Intervention Mapping methodology. Program goals were established based on findings from a comprehensive needs assessment, including four systematic literature reviews and qualitative research. The Cheshire SEED Educational Program was co-designed with educators, paediatric psychologists, and researchers, and evaluated in kindergartens using a waitlist-controlled pilot study and feasibility evaluation. Broader public health implications, and the challenges and opportunities in translating evidence to practice in the early childhood sector were explored.


Principal supervisor

Helen Skouteris

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences