© 2012

Evaluating and Promoting Positive School Attitude in Adolescents


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in School Psychology book sub series (BRIEFSSCHOOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mandy Stern
    Pages 29-34
  3. Mandy Stern
    Pages 35-39
  4. Mandy Stern
    Pages 41-46
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 47-52

About this book


​​At a time when rates of depression and other mental health problems are increasing significantly among high school students, measures of school attitude and well-being are of central importance to school practitioners. Students with positive attitudes about school experience more beneficial outcomes and are also less likely to engage in maladaptive, risky behaviors. Therefore, monitoring how students feel about their experiences at school is important, and a novel, fresh approach to examining school attitude is sorely needed. 

Past studies of school attitude have generally focused on internal, psychological correlates of school attitude, such as individual and subjective reports of students’ attitude toward school and their motivation levels. Evaluating  and Promoting Positive School Attitude in Adolescents goes beyond these traditional measurements and explores less psychologically focused indicators, including ecological factors and observable behaviors. This study provides school psychologists with a new, comprehensive, and ecologically based approach with which to evaluate the school attitude of high school students.​


Academic achievement Adolescent identity High school students Positive psychology School attitude Teacher expectations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

About the authors

Mandy Stern is a school psychologist and freelance writer who lives in Beverly Hills, California. She has worked in both private and public schools, on both the East and West Coasts. She earned her master’s degree in Human Development from Harvard University as well her elementary teaching certification before teaching sixth grade and then becoming an academic director of a private school near Malibu, California. More recently, as a school psychologist, she has worked in the schools performing and reporting on psycho-educational evaluations conducted among high school and elementary school students. As a writer, Ms. Stern writes online seminars for practitioners concerning such matters as interventions and treatments for attention disorders. Additionally, Mandy is a certified Spanish interpreter for the Los Angeles public schools.

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