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Young people’s perceptions of family, peer, and school connectedness and their impact on adjustment


Law, PC and Cuskelly, MM and Carroll, A, Young people's perceptions of family, peer, and school connectedness and their impact on adjustment, Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23, (1) pp. 115-140. ISSN 1037-2911 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/jgc.2012.19


Families, peer groups, and schools are important environments for children’s positive growth and development. A theoretical model that linked children’s perceptions of parenting, sense of connectedness to family, peers and school, along with peer group type, to adjustment was developed and tested. Data were collected from students and their parents. The model was supported and explained 56% of the variance with respect to children’s reports. Family, school, and peer connectedness all independently predicted child reported adjustment. Differences were apparent between children’s and parents’ reports, and the model did not convincingly predict parental views of their child’s adjustment. There was evidence that non-familial social environments can have a positive, compensatory impact on children’s emotional functioning — a most important finding for school personnel interested in student wellbeing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:school, adjustment, connectedness, peer group, family functioning
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Child and adolescent development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, MM (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:126231
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-05-30
Last Modified:2018-08-20

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