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Classroom Environment May Affect Kids’ Mental Health

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 14•11

This is really scary stuff. We need to support teachers, and work to eliminate dysfunctional classrooms.

“First-grade classrooms with poor environments — not enough resources, teachers who feel disrespected by colleagues — have been linked to a higher number of mental health problems in students, according to a new study.

The study doesn’t prove that classrooms that face more challenges directly cause mental health problems in kids. However, “being in a classroom with a lack of resources might adversely impact children’s mental health because children are frustrated or disheartened by their surroundings,” said study lead author Melissa A. Milkie, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland.

“Teachers also may be more discouraged or harsh when they can’t teach properly due to the fact that they are missing key elements,” she explained in a news release from the American Sociological Association.”

Classroom Environment May Affect Kids’ Mental Health

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