The impact of mental health promotion on coping mechanism among Grade 11 physical sciences learners in Nkandla Circuit


  • Nondumiso Princess Mzobe Department of Educational Psychology, University of Zululand, Kwa- Dlangezwa, South Africa
  • Taurayi Willard Chinaka Department of Mathematics Science and Technology Education, University of Zululand, Kwa-Dlangezwa, South Africa



mental health issues, mental health services, coping mechanism, academic performance, grade repetition and drop out.


This study examined the impact of mental health promotion on coping mechanisms among grade 11 Physical sciences learners. A poor coping mechanism is associated with poor mental health and poor academic performance due to inadequate mental health resources and services. Participants selected using a purposive sampling technique from the accessible population, 08 physical sciences educators and 109 Grade 11 learners from eight targeted schools in the Nkandla Circuit of the Empangeni district made up the sample. The study used a mixed approach and a triangulation research design. The questionnaires and interviews were used to collect data. Quantitative data collected were analyzed using SPSS version 27 and thematic analysis was used for interviews. The findings revealed that Physical sciences learners with mental health issues underperform because their coping mechanisms are compromised by inadequate mental health resources and services. The findings of this study are diagnostic, and they assist the Department of Education in improving learner support provided by school social workers in schools. Most participants indicated that school social workers visit the school less frequently, making it difficult to monitor the coping mechanisms of learners with mental health issues. Since most schools lack school social workers, the Department of Basic Education should assign more school social workers to assist learners with mental health issues. Further study is required to determine more academic coping mechanisms used by learners who have mental health issues under the supervision of school social workers. This suggests that if the inadequate supply of mental health support services and medical care were addressed seriously, the high proportion of poor coping mechanisms among grade 11 physical sciences learners with mental health would decrease.


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How to Cite

Mzobe, N. P., & Chinaka , T. W. (2023). The impact of mental health promotion on coping mechanism among Grade 11 physical sciences learners in Nkandla Circuit. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 12(7), 482–491.



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