Terri L. Eide

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Master of Arts (MA)




This study identifies those factors that affect the integration of military and civilian adolescents in a public high school. The convenience sample includes 85 students from military families and 129 students from civilian families. They range in age 13 to 18 years of age. Subjects completed a questionnaire about their sense of belonging to the school environment, individual attachment to the school and others, and peer group association. The analysis revealed that adolescents from military families experience a slightly lower level of integration within the public high school studied than students from civilian families. Additionally, race, as well as military status, is an important contributor to students’ sense of belonging and to their level of individual attachment to the school and to others. Suggestions are made to improve the school environment for military students and for other minority students.

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