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The impact of school connectedness on violent behavior, transport risk taking behavior and associated injuries in adolescence

Chapman, Rebekah L., Buckley, Lisa, Sheehan, Mary C., Shochet, Ian M., & Romaniuk, Madeline (2011) The impact of school connectedness on violent behavior, transport risk taking behavior and associated injuries in adolescence. Journal of School Psychology, 49(4), pp. 399-410.

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Abstract

Adolescents engage in many risk-taking behaviors that have the potential to lead to injury. The school environment has a significant role in shaping adolescent behavior, and this study aimed to provide additional information about the benefits associated with connectedness to school. Early adolescents aged 13 to 15 years (N = 509, 49% boys) were surveyed about school connectedness, engagement in transport and violence risk-taking, and injury experiences. Significant relations were found between school connectedness and reduced engagement in both transport and violence risk-taking, as well as fewer associated injuries. This study has implications for the area of risk-taking and injury prevention, as it suggests the potential for reducing adolescents' injury through school based interventions targeting school connectedness.

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ID Code: 41822
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Elsevier First Online publishing
Keywords: School connectedness, Adolescents, Risk-taking, Injury
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsp.2011.04.004
ISSN: 0022-4405
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Deposited On: 27 May 2011 07:35
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 22:49

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