A prospective study investigating the impact of school belonging factors on negative affect in adolescents

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Title A prospective study investigating the impact of school belonging factors on negative affect in adolescents
Author Shochet, Ian M.; Smith, Coral L.; Furlong, Michael J.; Homel, Ross
Journal Name Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Routledge
Abstract School belonging, measured as a unidimensional construct, is an important predictor of negative affective problems in adolescents, including depression and anxiety symptoms. A recent study found that one such measure, the Psychological Sense of School Membership scale, actually comprises three factors: Caring Relations, Acceptance, and Rejection. We explored the relations of these factors with negative affect in a longitudinal study of 504 Australian Grade 7 and 8 students. Each school belonging factor contributed to the prediction of negative affect in cross-sectional analyses. Scores on the Acceptance factor predicted subsequent negative affect for boys and girls, even controlling for prior negative affect. For girls, the Rejection factor was also significant in the prospective analysis. These findings have implications for the design of interventions and are further confirmation that school belonging should be considered a multidimensional construct.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2011.581616
Volume 40
Issue Number 4
Page from 586
Page to 595
ISSN 1537-4416
Date Accessioned 2012-02-03; 2012-03-07T04:59:43Z
Date Available 2012-03-07T04:59:43Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43349
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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