Adult
Support

School staff can dedicate their time, interest, attention and emotional support to students. Research has shown that a child or youth’s beliefs about his/herself is shaped by their perception of how much the adults in their lives care about them and are involved in their life.

So, it’s fair to conclude that children and youth who feel supported by the important adults in their lives are more likely to be engaged in school and their learning.

Positive
Peer Group

A stable network of peers can improve student perceptions of school, and can also protect students from being bullied. There is a strong connection between school connectedness and positive peer association. Some research suggests that student who report feeling connected to school also report having the most friends at school.

On the flip side, students who are involved with peer groups who display socially irresponsible behaviour are less likely to feel connected to their school, and may show lower achievement levels, poor health behaviours, etc.

Commitment to
Education

Students are more likely to engage in their own learning and get involved in school activities if they believe that school is important to their future and perceive that the adults in school are interested in their education.

Adults in the school who are dedicated to the education of their students build school communities that allow students to develop emotionally, socially, mentally and academically.

School
Environment

The physical environment and psychosocial climate can set the stage for positive student perceptions of school. A healthy, safe school environment with a supportive psychosocial climate enhances connectedness and sets the stage for positive, respectful relationships and safety.

This can be influenced by factors like good discipline policies, opportunities for meaningful student participation, school activities, well-managed classrooms, etc.

For more detail on these factors, check out the report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention titled School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or of hurting yourself or others, please reach out immediately for help. Call 9-1-1 (or your local police or authority, if you do not have 9-1-1) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are being bullied, feeling alone or just need to talk to someone who will listen, please reach out to a trained volunteer or professional:



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If you need help, please reach out to someone you trust, like a parent, friend or teacher. Or, you can reach out to someone who doesn’t know you for support. There is a list of youth-oriented support lines and websites on this site just for you.

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