The Importance of Fostering Positive School Climates for Homeless High School Students

Paper/Research Report
Year Published: 2019
Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

This report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH) discusses how supportive school climates can help improve academic and mental health outcomes for high school students dealing with housing instability. According to ICPH, a supportive school climate can provide these students with a sense of safety and stability. ICPH uses self-reported data from the 2016-2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to look at school climate indicators: school engagement, safety, and environment of homeless students compared with their housed peers. The report measures the cumulative impact of school climate by these negative indicators: bullying; missing school due to feeling unsafe; lacking positive relationships with teachers or adults at school; and being offered, sold, or given illicit drugs on school property.

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