Research Posters

Exploring the Relationships Among Executive Functioning, Behaviour, and Adaptive Skills in Young Children - Melissa Read
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
This study aimed to investigate the relationship between executive functioning, adaptive skills, and behaviour problems in young children. Participants were divided into four behaviour groups (high internalizing, high externalizing, combined high internalizing and externalizing, and within the normal range). The predictive ability of inhibition, shift, working memory, adaptive skills, age, and gender on group membership were explored. Both variable and person oriented perspectives were examined.

Reaching the Tipping Point: Supporting Canadian School Stakeholders to Build on Programs that Work for Positive Youth Development and Prevention of Problematic Substance Use - Nicole Bullock
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have partnered to develop a series of resources for school communities to promote positive youth development (PYD) through school-based initiatives. Following an extensive literature review and consultations from diverse stakeholders, three key themes emerged to guide the development of these resources: (1) promoting well-being, (2) creating welcoming environments, and (3) effective programming.

Parents' Experiences with an Individualized Intervention Designed to Strengthen the Family-School Partnership: The Parents in Partnership with Educators Program (PIPE) - Courtney Cadieux
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
This study describes the experiences of parents who participated in the Parents in Partnership with Educators (PIPE) program, an individualized intervention for families who are struggling to communicate and problem-solve with schools around the mental health needs of their children. File review and semi-structured interviews were conducted for ten families.

Using Group Concept Mapping to Explore Considerations for Developing and Implementing Trauma-Informed Interventions in Schools with Newcomer Children and Youth - Alexandra Smith
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
During the spring of 2018, a pilot was conducted in two large Ontario schoolboards to evaluate the feasibility of a new 10-week manualized intervention (Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups [STRONG]) developed to promote resilience and reduce distress among young newcomers. In the current study, stakeholders involved in the pilot (i.e., mental health clinicians, mental health leaders, developers of the STRONG program, and the evaluation team) participated in an online Group Concept Mapping (GCM) activity to document the groups' collective wisdom about developing and implementing appropriate programming for newcomer children and youth. 

Preliminary Evaluation of The Healthy Relationships Plus Program with Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Mothers - Caely Dunlop
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
The Healthy Relationships Plus Program - Enhanced for Vulnerable Youth (HRP-Enhanced) was piloted with two groups of pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers in an alternative education setting in Ontario, Canada. The present study employed a mixed-methods case study to evaluate the feasibility of implementing the HRP-Enhanced program with this population.

Building Educator Capacity to Support LGBT2Q+ Youth: A Case Study of the Educators from the Northwest Territories - Brad Daly
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
This currrent study explored the needs and perceptions of 25 educators from the Northwest Territories related to supporting LGBT2Q+ youth both before and after participating in a two-day Healthy Relationships Program for LGBT2Q+ Youth training session. 

A Pilot Study of an Adapted Social-Emotional Learning Program for Justice Involved Youth - Amanda Kerry
Presented: Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, March 18, 2019 
The Fourth R Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP) is an evidence-informed small groups program that promotes healthy relationships, positive mental health, violence prevention, and skills development. A previous study evaluated the feasibility of the program in youth justice settings and identified necessary revisions. The present study piloted the adapted program (HRPP-Enhanced) and examined youth outcomes. The adapted program was piloted in youth custody facilities in Manitoba and Ontario. 

Exploring Kindergarten Children's Self-Regulation for Learning (SR/L) Within a Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning Program
This study explored how children's social and solo SR/L developed during the implementation of a mindfulness-based SEL program, how children's demographic and teacher factors were associated with it over course of the program, and teachers' perceptions of changes in their teaching, classrooms, and/or students as a result of implementing the MindUP™.

Bullying Experiences Among FNMI Youth: Identifying Effects on Mental Health and Potential Protective Factors
This poster presents findings from a study that examined the effects of bullying on the mental wellbeing of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) youth, and aimed to identify potential protective factors that predicted more positive mental health outcomes for this population. 

Understanding Help-Seeking Intentions Amongst Canadian Adolescents
This study examines the association between perceived behavioural control, attitudes and beliefs regarding help-seeking behaviour and the help-seeking intentions of youth under circumstances as they relate to social, emotional or mental health issues. 

Exploring Adolescent Intentions to Seek Help Before and After the Implementation of a Social Emotional Program
This study examines adolescent intentions to seek help before and following the implementation of the Healthy Relationships Plus Program. This program focuses on teaching adaptive coping strategies in various youth-related well-being issues.

Predicting Help-Seeking in Adolescent Responses to Bullying
1057 Canadian students participated in a self-report survey measuring a range of attitudes and characteristics that might be associated with help-seeking behaviour.

Adolescent Bullying: The Impact of Self-Efficacy, Social Support and Moral Disengagement on Prosocial Intervening
1057 Canadian students participated in a self-report survey measuring a range of attitudes and characteristics that might be predictive of prosocial intervening. 

Changes in Depression and Anxiety Among Youth in the Context of a Healthy Relationships Program
As part of evaluation of the Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP) in Canada, this study sought to identify individual and group-level predictors of depression and anxiety at pre-test, and rate of change from pre- to post-test

Adolescent Depression Before and After the Healthy Relationships Plus Program
This study examines latent class trajectories of depression in a sample of youth who participated in the Healthy Relationships Plus Program in Canada. It also explored risk factors associated with these developmental trajectories.

Adolescent Perceptions of Cyber-Bullying in Friendships and Dating Relationships
This study combines the findings of two previous studies that examined cyberbullying within the context of adolescent friendships and dating relationships with samples of 145 and 70 secondary school students. The first study examined the behavioural characteristics responsible for the victimization and perpetration of cyberbullying and the second study investigated adolescents' perceptions of severity, motives, and point in a dating relationship at which it is likely to become most severe. A mixed-methods approach was utilized, with quantitative data obtained through surveys and qualitative data from semi-structured focus groups among students in a secondary school in southwestern Ontario.

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and School Disruption: An Examination among Clinically Referred School-Aged Youth
This study examines whether students who engaged in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) reported higher levels of school disruption than students without a history of NSSI. In addition, the research also analyzed whether the link between NSSI and school disruption was maintained, after taking into account other risk factors for school disruption (i.e., anxiety, hyperactivity/distractibility, anhedonia, parenting stress). 

Associations Between Traditional and Cyber-Bullying and Multiple Indicators of Mental Wellness in a Canadian Adolescent Sample
This study examines the associations between traditional and cyber-bullying and multiple indicators of mental wellness (hope; purpose; psychological distress; coping; and emotional, social and psychological well-being) for victims and bully-victims in a sample of Canadian adolescents. 

Increasing Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Through a Pre-Service Course on Safe Schools: The Crucial Role of Reducing Moral Disengagement
This study examines the impact of a Safe Schools course for pre-service teachers on bullying knowledge, likelihood to meet mandatory reporting requirements in situations involving violence, and the role of moral disengagement as a possible mediator of change.

Evaluation of Universal Prevention Programs Adapted for Youth Justice Settings: Phase l findings 
In 2016, The Fourth R and Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP) were piloted in two youth custody facilities in Manitoba, Canada. This study sought to evaluate the feasibility of the programs in youth justice settings and identify necessary revisions.

Healthy Relationships Plus Program Evaluation: Understanding Multi-Site Implementation Challenges & Successes
The Fourth R Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP), an evidence-informed prevention program was piloted across four diverse Canadian provinces. The participants included 79 facilitators from 81 schools and community agencies. This study sought to evaluate the feasibility of the program and identify necessary revisions in program or implementation strategies. 

Exploring the Influence of Bullying and Self-harm on Negative School Experience among Children and Youth in Ontario
This study seeks to examine if self-harm is used as a coping strategy to mitigate the effects of bullying on educational experience. Data was collected from 1358 children and youth, 4-18 years of age, receiving mental health services across Ontario, Canada using the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) Instrument.