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A multinational study exploring adolescent perception of school climate and mental health

School Psychology. 2021. Vol. 36. No. 3. P. 155-166.
La Salle T., Rocha-Neves J., Jimerson S., Di Sano S., Martinsone B., Majercakova-Albertova S., Gajdošová E., Baye A., Deltour C., Martinelli V., Raykov M., Hatzichristou C., Palikara O., Szabo E., Arlauskaite Z., Athanasiou D., Brown-Earle O., Casale G., Lampropoulou A., Mikhailova A., Pinskaya М., Zvyagintsev R.

School climate is a topic of increasing importance internationally. The current study investigated the established measurement invariance of an eight-factor school climate scale using a multinational sample of secondary students. School climate factor means across 14 international groups were compared and findings on the association between school climate factors and mental health were also investigated. Findings, from this study, illustrate several cross-national similarities regarding the ways in which secondary students perceive school climate and the influence of school climate on student mental health. These findings can support school psychologists’ efforts to identify strategies and supports that improve the school environment in areas that are most consistently related to student experiences, such as school safety and school connectedness. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.