A prospective study investigating the links among classroom environment, school connectedness, and depressive symptoms in adolescents
Shochet, Ian M. & Smith, Coral L. (2014) A prospective study investigating the links among classroom environment, school connectedness, and depressive symptoms in adolescents. Psychology in the Schools, 51(5), pp. 480-492.
School connectedness and classroom environment have both been strongly linked to depressive symptoms, but their interrelation is unclear. We tested whether school connectedness mediated the link between classroom environment and depressive symptoms. A sample of 504 Australian seventh- and eighth-grade students completed the Classroom Environment Scale, Psychological Sense of School Membership scale, and Children's Depression Inventory, at three time points. Together, the classroom environment and school connectedness accounted for 41% to 45% of variance in concurrent depressive symptoms, and 14% of subsequent depressive symptoms with prior symptoms accounted for. Only a partial mediation was found, with both classroom environment and school connectedness continuing to contribute uniquely to the prediction of concurrent and subsequent depressive symptoms. These findings provide additional support for the idea that school-based pathways to depressive symptoms are a complex interplay between environment and individual difference variables, necessitating individual and environmental school-based interventions.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||school connectedness, school environment, classroom environment, adolescence, depression|
|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 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.|
|Copyright Statement:||This is the accepted version of the following article: Shochet, I. M. and Smith, C. L. (2014), A PROSPECTIVE STUDY INVESTIGATING THE LINKS AMONG CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT, SCHOOL CONNECTEDNESS, AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN ADOLESCENTS. Psychol. Schs., 51: 480–492. doi: 10.1002/pits.21759, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pits.21759/abstract|
|Deposited On:||09 Jan 2015 01:45|
|Last Modified:||07 Jun 2016 04:21|
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