Enhancing school connectedness to prevent violence and promote wellbeing

Shochet, Ian M. & Smith, Coral L. (2012) Enhancing school connectedness to prevent violence and promote wellbeing. In Jimerson, Shane R., Nickerson, Amanda B., Mayer, Matthew J., & Furlong, Michael J. (Eds.) Handbook of School Violence and School Safety : International Research and Practice. Routledge, London, pp. 475-486.

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Abstract

School connectedness is “the extent to which students feel personally accepted, respected, included, and supported by others in the school social environment” (Goodenow, 1993, p. 80). It is an important predictor of school violence, as well as related outcomes such as health risk behaviors and mental health. Connectedness reduces initial incidents of violence, buffers the effect of violence exposure, and promotes an anti-bullying culture. School violence and bullying have also been associated with a subsequent decrease in school connectedness. Several theories contribute to our understanding of these relations but the construct, theoretical underpinnings, and pathways in and out of school connectedness require further examination. Despite numerous promising interventions, this line of research is in its infancy. Interventions harnessing this protective factor may have a ubiquitous positive impact on adolescent development.

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ID Code: 48506
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: school connectedness, school violence, school safety, school belongingness
ISBN: 978-0-415-88462-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: 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 2012 Routledge
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2012 22:54
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 06:54

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