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The Impact of Parental Attachment on Adolescent Perception of the School Environment and School Connectedness

Shochet, Ian M., Smyth, Tanya L., & Homel, Ross (2007) The Impact of Parental Attachment on Adolescent Perception of the School Environment and School Connectedness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 28(2), pp. 109-118.

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Abstract

The extent to which students feel accepted, valued, respected and included in the school has recently surfaced as one of the most important predictors of adolescent mental health (particularly depressive symptoms). The school environment is an established predictor of school connectedness, but we set out to examine whether parental attachment predicts both adolescents' perception of the school environment and school connectedness. A study of 171 high school students from years 8 to 12 showed that parent attachment strongly predicted both. We also confirmed that the relationship between parent attachment and school connectedness is not a direct one but that parent attachment influences individual differences in the way adolescents perceive the school environment, which in turn influences school connectedness. This finding shows how multiple systems might be interlinked in influencing wellbeing in adolescents, and confirms the importance of intervening at the double level of both the family and the school system.

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ID Code: 48843
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: parental attachment, school environment, adolescents, school connectedness
DOI: 10.1375/anft.28.2.109
ISSN: 0814723X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
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 2007 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 25 May 2012 08:01
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 14:32

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