This article, published by Child Trends, is targeted to school principals, district staff, and others who are responsible for all aspects of school functioning. It would also be useful to individuals focusing on a narrower range of school functions (e.g., academics, health and safety, civic development) who want a better sense of how their concerns fit into the larger environment and overall adolescent development.
The brief presents information from data and research studies organized around the following themes:
- Health— Schools and Obesity, Schools and Drug Use, Schools and Mental Health, Schools and Health Care
- School Safety and Violence–School Violence
- School Social Supports
- Academic Quality
- Civic Engagement
- Changing Demographics
The authors hope that by compiling this information, schools can develop socially competent, physically healthy and civically engaged youth who will carry those assets into adulthood. In addition, a greater awareness can be built around adolescent development and schools can coordinate their practices with health care providers, after-school programs, and students’ families.
Marin, P., and Brown, B. (2008) The School Environment and Adolescent Well-Being: Beyond Academics. Child Trends Research Brief. Washington, D.C.: Child Trends., 1-11