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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: 09 Feb 2012 08:54
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 16:54

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