Leveraging School Involvement to Help Students Cope With Global Crises

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. guide school psychologists to understand the importance of school involvement during times of increased stress, including stress resulting from current nationwide crises.
  2. help school psychologists learn how to leverage school involvement as a tool for coping with adverse events, both locally and globally.
  3. aid school psychologists in advocating for more school involvement for students who have recently experienced adverse events at home.


Experiencing an adverse event (e.g., family illness, financial stress) during childhood is a risk factor for maladaptive psychological and physical health outcomes. We looked at the positive relationship between more adverse events and increased stress as moderated by school involvement. Our findings suggest stronger school involvement may positively affect the stress that students feel after they experience one or more adverse events. This is pertinent given current nationwide stressors, including COVID-19 and race-related violence.



Sara R. Franklin-Gillette, Lehigh University
Christina N. Wood, Lehigh University
Eliana Rosenthal, Lehigh University
George J. DuPaul, Lehigh University

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