The impact of school connectedness on violent behavior, transport risk-taking behavior, and associated injuries in adolescence

J Sch Psychol. 2011 Aug;49(4):399-410. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2011.04.004. Epub 2011 Apr 21.


Adolescents engage in many risk-taking behaviors that have the potential to lead to injury. The school environment has a significant role in shaping adolescent behavior, and this study aimed to provide additional information about the benefits associated with connectedness to school. Early adolescents aged 13 to 15 years (N=509, 49% boys) were surveyed about school connectedness, engagement in transport and violence risk-taking, and injury experiences. Significant relations were found between school connectedness and reduced engagement in both transport and violence risk-taking, as well as fewer associated injuries. This study has implications for the area of risk-taking and injury prevention, as it suggests the potential for reducing adolescents' injury through school based interventions targeting school connectedness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk-Taking*
  • School Health Services
  • Schools*
  • Social Environment*
  • Violence / prevention & control
  • Violence / psychology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology*