Well-being among European youth: The contribution of student teacher relationships in the secondary-school

  • Brooks, Fiona (PI)
  • Garcia Moya, Irene (CoI)

Project: Other

Project Details


This is a Horizon 2020 MSCA IF involving a researcher from Spain, Irene Garcia.
Here is the abstract of the two-year project:
Creating environments that foster young people´s wellbeing is one of the current priorities for the European Union.
Increasingly such efforts are conceptually framed through a focus on positive paradigms across the life course.
Social science evidence indicates that supportive relationships with significant adults are important determinants of young
people’s wellbeing and future life chances. Recently the significance of non-parental adults in shaping youth wellbeing has
been examined. In this vein, WEY-CRISP focuses on the contribution of teachers to the construction and maintenance of
Understanding the significance of teacher connectedness for youth has been constrained by inconsistencies in definitions
and measures. Consequently, the character of the contribution of such relationships to wellbeing (from teachers as
complementary sources of instrumental support to key mentors for youth) is also unclear.
1.Investigate the determinants of teacher connectedness and potential for being a protective health factor, including diverse
groups of youth (ethnicity, age, gender) and different contexts e.g. low parental support.
2.Clarify on the nature of teacher connectedness and develop an effective measure for its assessment that taps into the
main components for wellbeing.
3.Generate synergistic links between approaches in education and health research.
The investigation will use a mixed methodology (quantitative and qualitative), including youth centred participatory research
WEY-CRISP will link with a multidisciplinary, international network of experts on adolescence via the WHO (Europe) crossnational
HBSC study, aiding in the maximization of the impact across the European Union and enhancing the European
Research Area. The experienced researcher will access significant methodological training and career development
opportunities including leadership skills via engagement with policy makers and researchers.
Effective start/end date4/07/163/07/18


  • European Commission (EC) - Horizon 2020: £125,749.00


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