Francoise Ballantyne had the opportunity to adapt the Social Life Skills Program for use at her work in a community mental health centre, with young people aged 13-16 years, experiencing depression and anxiety. Funded by Mental Health Division, the program was evaluated at clinics across Perth. Participants who completed the program reported a significant reduction in levels of depression and anxiety.
Publications and Research
- Ballantyne, F. (2002). Headstart: An intervention program for internalising disorders in adolescence. Article in Connect, 7 (2), p. 11.
- Skinner, R. & Ballantyne, F. (2002). Headstart: A clinical intervention program for internalising disorders in adolescence. Report submitted to the Mental Health Division.
- Headstart research project. (2002). Developed and trialed a clinical intervention program targeting internalising disorders (depression and severe anxiety) in adolescents aged 13-16 years, through a CAMHS research project funded by the Mental Health Division.
Francoise Ballantyne developed an interest in children's social and emotional well-being and for her Honours project conducted research into the relationship between parenting style, playfulness and social competence.
Ballantyne, F. (1996). Investigated the influence of an overprotective child-rearing style on two important developmental tasks of preschool children – playfulness and social competence. Honours Thesis.