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ERIC Number: EJ1063678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
The Role of Psychosocial School Conditions in Adolescent Prosocial Behaviour
Plenty, Stephanie; Östberg, Viveca; Modin, Bitte
School Psychology International, v36 n3 p283-300 Jun 2015
This study examined how psychosocial conditions at school are associated with prosocial behaviour, a key indicator of positive mental health. Participants were 3,652 Swedish Grade 9 students from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. Structural equation modelling demonstrated that students who experience more manageable school demands and greater social support from teachers and classmates are more likely to display caring, sharing, and cooperative behaviours. However, those that feel acutely stressed, particularly girls, also reported greater prosocial behaviour. Teacher support played a greater role in girls' prosocial behaviour and perceptions of school demands than boys'. The findings extend knowledge of the importance of psychosocial work conditions for adolescent health to positive mental health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire