chapter  3
The impacts of learning on well-being, mental health and effective coping
ByCathie Hammond
Pages 20

This chapter presents findings that link experiences of learning with health outcomes. Analyses of the fieldwork data suggest that learning can develop psychosocial qualities – namely self-esteem and self-efficacy, a sense of identity, purpose and future, communication and other competences, and social integration – which promote well-being, mental health and the ability to cope effectively with change and adversity, including ill-health. Respondents’ accounts also indicate which aspects of the learning experience may be important in relation to the promotion of positive health outcomes. A basic guideline for those wishing to maximise wider benefits is that the pedagogy, curriculum, student mix and institutional context should match the strengths, interests and needs of the learner.