The purpose of this study was to investigate perceived neighborhood risks, neighborhood social cohesion, unsafe school environments, and school mutual respect on male and female Latino/a adolescents’ perceptions of academic engagement. Neighborhood social cohesion and respect were examined as potential moderators of neighborhood risk and unsafe school environment. Results indicated that neighborhood and school risk, and protective factors were important to Latino/a adolescents’ academic engagement. Based on these findings, educators must work to create partnerships between parents, social agencies, and schools, while also ensuring school-wide PBIS programs are being implemented to make students feel safe and supported at school.

Strand: F, Topic: 1-4, Level: I-II

Jaclyn N. Wolf, graduate student, University of Arizona; Daniel A. Del Cid and Scott W. Plunkett, graduate students, California State University, Northridge.