What is the theory behing this child mental health worksheet?
A child’s mental health is affected by their thoughts just as much as adults. Positive or negative thinking holds an immense power over how we feel about ourselves. Positive thinking significantly impacts a child’s confidence, self-esteem, belief in their abilities and level of anxiety thus ultimately affecting their task performances.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help a child see positive aspects of themselves that they may have ignored. It will also serve as a practice for positive affirmations. It is important to let the child acknowledge that negative self-talk is an inevitable part of life but should not become a habit. Identification of frequent negative thoughts can help underline thinking patterns and problem areas.
How to use the worksheet?
The therapist can give this worksheet to child clients. Begin by explaining that self-talk refers to the thoughts and words that we use to talk about ourselves.
Explain that negative self-talk will make them sad, while positive self-talk can make them feel happy and confident. Emphasize that It is ok to feel sad sometimes but what matters is bouncing back from it.
Child mental health worksheet
Write responses to the given statements and questions.
Burnett P.C. (1994). Self-talk in upper elementary school children: Its relationship with irrational beliefs, self-esteem, and depression. Journal of Rational-Emotive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. 181-188.
Hannell, G. (2004). Promoting positive thinking: Building children’s self esteem, confidence, and optimism. David Fulton Publishers
Hatzigeorgiadis A., Zourbanos N., Mpoumpaki S. & Theodorakis Y. (2009) Mechanisms underlying the self-talk–performance relationship: The effects of motivational self-talk on self-confidence and anxiety. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 186-192.
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