Allen, K. & Kern, P. (2019)
Boosting School Belonging in Adolescents: Interventions for teachers and mental health professionals. Abingdon,
Designed for teachers, psychologists and counsellors, this book presents evidence-based strategies and concepts that help foster a sense of school belonging amongst students. Feeling a sense of school belonging has been linked to better mental health outcomes in adolescents, increased school performance and greater retention rates. Comprised of six modules that explore connecting to parents, teachers, friends, self, learning and help, it can be used in an individual or group context, and also as a therapeutic tool or a prevention tool. Each module has an introductory section outlining how the module may be adapted to different contexts to ensure young people connect with and stay at school.
Allen, K. & Kern, M. L. (2017)
School Belonging in Adolescents: Theory, research, and practice
Singapore: Springer Social Sciences
Free to download from most University Libraries.
This book explores the concept of school belonging in adolescents from a socio-ecological perspective, acknowledging that young people are uniquely connected to a broad network of groups and systems within a school system. Using a socio-ecological framework, it positions belonging as an essential aspect of psychological functioning for which schools offer unique opportunities to improve. It also offers insights into the factors that influence school belonging at the student level during adolescence in educational settings.
Taking a socio-ecological perspective and drawing from innovative research methods, the book encourages researchers interested in school leadership to foster students’ sense of belonging by developing their qualities and by changing school systems and processes.