nj acts logoPlease read Dr. James’ article in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics titled, “Adolescent Chronic Health Conditions and School Disconnectedness.

School disconnectedness, a feeling or sense of not belonging or fitting in at school, is associated with adverse adolescent outcomes, including delinquency and high school dropout, as well as adverse longer-term outcomes, including violence and high-risk sexual behavior School disconnectedness is exacerbated by negative relationships with peers and teachers, lack of peer-group belonging, and nonparticipation in school activities. The school closures, absence of school activities, and isolation at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to lead to increased feelings of disconnection from school, making it particularly important to identify groups of children who may be vulnerable. To read the full article.

Adolescent Chronic Health Conditions and School Disconnectedness. James C, Corman H, Noonan K, Reichman NE, Jimenez ME. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2022 Feb-Mar 01;43(2):87-95. PMID: 34191763 PMCID: PMC8714866 DOI: 1097/DBP.0000000000000987