School Belonging in Adolescents: Theory, research, and practice

Kelly-Ann Allen, Margaret L. Kern

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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
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages137
ISBN (Electronic)9789811059964
ISBN (Print)9789811059957
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Psychology
ISSN (Print)2192-8363
ISSN (Electronic)2192-8371
NameSchool Phychology
ISSN (Print)2520-8918
ISSN (Electronic)2520-8926


  • school belonging
  • social connectedness
  • school connectedness
  • school bonding
  • school attachment
  • school community
  • school affiliation
  • educational and developmental psychology
  • Meta-analysis
  • school Vision and Mission Statements
  • School Priorities
  • academic achievement
  • Socio-Ecological Framework
  • Adolescence

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