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Project coordinator

Åbo Akademi University (Health Sciences)

Other partners

  • City of Vaasa
  • Korsholm Municipality
  • Funded by

  • City of Vaasa (main funder)
  • Budget

    380 000 euros

    Åbo Akademi University’s part of the budget

    380 000 euros (100%)

    CONSENSUS – Early multi-professional efforts for systematically supporting child and adolescent well-being in the school context: From research data to evidence-based collaboration

    The CONSENSUS research and development project focuses on the promotion of childrens’ psychosocial health and well-being in the school context. The school learning
    environments constitute an important arena for promoting the well-being of children and
    adolescents, ideally employing a whole-of school approach encompassing both multi-professional
    collaboration within schools as well as close cooperation between the schools and the pupils’
    homes and other relevant parties. Previous research highlights the need to focus on promoting pupils’ psychosocial health and well-being already in the early stages of basic education and during the transitions from lower to upper basic education (grades six to seven).

    The project will generate the following results:
    – a holistic picture of interacting risk and protective factors affecting the psychososcial health of pupils over time (pupils in grades 4-8)
    – new working methods and regional practice in systematically mapping and following up
    pupils’ school-related and mental well-being (including an online tool)
    – best practice-models and recommendations concerning new working and multiprofessional
    collaboration models to systematically support pupils’ psychosocial wellbeing.
    – new courses focusing on working models for supporting pupil well-being intended to be
    integrated in the study program at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, also
    provided for professionals in the field

    The regional project is coordinated at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies at Åbo
    Akademi University in Vaasa, and constitutes an interdisciplinary project encompassing health
    sciences, social sciences, and education sciences. The city of Vaasa is the main project funder, and
    project activities are concentrated to schools in the city of Vaasa and Mustasaari municipality in
    the Finnish Ostrobothnia region.

    Project team members:

    Senior University Lecturer Anna K. Forsman, Health Sciences (project leader)
    University Lecturer Johanna Nordmyr, Health Sciences (project coordinator)
    Associate Professor Johan Korhonen, Social Sciences
    University Lecturer Anna Widlund, Education
    Senior University Lecturer Christel Sundqvist, Education
    Doctoral student Linda Österholm, Social Sciences
    Doctoral student Sanna Tuomela, Health Sciences

    Contact us

    Johanna Nordmyr

    University Lecturer 

    Health Sciences

    Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies

    Anna Forsman

    Senior University Lecturer 

    Health Sciences

    Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies
    To the project website