The Role of School Connectedness in Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Youth: Recommendations for School Nurses

Ellen M. McCabe, Caroline Davis, Lauryn Mandy, Cindy Wong

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The importance of students feeling connected in school cannot be overstated, as this perception is crucial to support their health and well-being. A lack of school connectedness can lead to adverse physical and mental health outcomes, including bully victimization. Numerous factors, including individual, social, and environmental, influence students' perceived sense of school connectedness. School nurses are well positioned to establish and maintain school connectedness due to their knowledge, accessibility to students, and familiarity with the school environment. This article details the importance of school connectedness and describes the associations between school connectedness, bullying, and mental health. In addition, we offer recommendations geared toward school nurses regarding strengthening school connectedness and promoting a culture of care and inclusivity within school environments, especially salient in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalNASN school nurse (Print)
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

Keywords

  • bullying
  • COVID-19
  • mental health
  • school belonging
  • school connectedness
  • school nurse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The Role of School Connectedness in Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Youth: Recommendations for School Nurses'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this