ERIC Number: EJ1067999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
School Connectedness and Student-Teacher Relationships: A Comparison of Sexual Minority Youths and Their Peers
Joyce, Hilary D.
Children & Schools, v37 n3 p185-192 Jul 2015
Strong connections to school and positive student-teacher relationships offer numerous social, emotional, and academic benefits for youths. Unfortunately, sexual minority youths (SMY) are at risk for disparate school connectedness and student-teacher relationship experiences compared with their peers. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, this study compared the school connectedness and student-teacher relationship experiences of SMY and their peers. The results suggest that SMY report significantly lower perceptions of school connectedness and poorer-quality student-teacher relationships compared with their peers. The study findings offer important implications for school social workers, including advocacy for and implementation of programs that enhance school connectedness among SMY and offering professional development for school personnel on ways to support SMY.
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, At Risk Students, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Minority Group Students, Longitudinal Studies, Student Experience, Professional Development, Capacity Building, Change Strategies, Interpersonal Relationship, Secondary School Students, Comparative Analysis, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: P01-HD31921