Fostering Positive Well-being

Research notes that the key protective factors that enhance student well-being include school and parent-family connectedness. Students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health looked at the impact of protective factors on adolescent health and well-being among more than 36,000 7th–12th grade students. The study found that family, school, and individual factors such as school connectedness, parent-family connectedness, and high parental expectations for academic achievement. School connectedness was found to be one of the strongest protective factor for both boys and girls to decrease risk behaviors.

In this same study, school connectedness was second in importance, after family connectedness, as a protective factor against emotional distress, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation. Minnetonka Public Schools provides many opportunities to foster school connectedness and belonging with offering a wide range of activities for student participation. There is something for everyone and we encourage students to connect. CDC Report on School Connectedness 2009