Evidence That It Works
Numerous studies show that positive peer relationships affect students’ academic success and mental well-being. Indeed, one study found that having these kinds of connections can explain up to 40 percent of adolescents’ academic achievement. Other studies have linked healthy relationships between students to higher self-esteem and resilience, decreased loneliness, greater health and well-being, and increased engagement in school.
Why Does It Matter?
When students feel a sense of connectedness at school—where there is at least one adult on campus who cares that they are there and where they feel connected to peers—a fundamental psychological need of theirs is being met.
And when students feel connected and cared about, they are better able to expend energy on helping and caring for others, which in turn, fosters a sense of belongingness for everyone at school.