Research Snapshot: Immigrant parents’ perceptions of school environment matter to children’s mental health and behaviour
Research shows that children’s perceptions of their school environment are related to their academic outcomes and wellbeing, but few studies have looked at the importance of parents’ perceptions of this environment on child adjustment. How parents see these schools may have an impact on the wellbeing of their children.
Recently, researchers in Toronto and Bristol explored the relationship between immigrant parents’ perceptions of school environment and the emotional and behavioural problems of their children. What they found can help inform efforts to improve immigrant adaptation and address immigrant children’s mental health. Their findings are especially relevant to educators and school officials who are working to improve the relationship between immigrant parents and their children’s school.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) has developed a Research Snapshotof the article, “Immigrant parents’ perceptions of school environment and children’s mental health and behaviour,” by Hayley A. Hamilton and others. It appeared in the Journal of School Health, vol. 81, no. 6 (2011): 313-19.
The Snapshot is available at www.ehealthontario.ca.
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