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ERIC Number: EJ1064416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Getting Students Engaged Might Not Be Enough: The Importance of Psychological Needs Satisfaction on Social-Emotional and Behavioral Functioning among Early Adolescents
Saeki, Elina; Quirk, Matthew
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v18 n2 p355-371 Jun 2015
This study examined the relations between students' social-emotional/behavioral functioning, engagement, and basic psychological needs satisfaction among a sample of N = 83 sixth grade students. A mediation model was tested to examine the role of needs satisfaction on the relations between engagement and social-emotional/behavioral functioning. Results indicated that engaged students have lower social-emotional and behavioral risk; however, this relation can be explained almost entirely by students' underlying satisfaction of basic psychological needs. These results suggest that targeting student engagement is not sufficient when attempting to improve social-emotional/behavioral outcomes; rather, students must also feel autonomous, competent, and experience a genuine connection with their school. Therefore, it appears that school-based programs designed to improve students' engagement in school might only have a limited impact on supporting social-emotional/behavioral functioning if basic psychological needs satisfaction is not also addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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