Growing Stronger Together: Are Students’ Positive Resources Correlated to Teachers’ Features? How Could They Be Incremented?


According to scientific literature, teachers’ positive characteristics foster students' well-being. Plus, numerous studies show that specific educational trainings increase students' positive resources. The present research aims at exploring: (i) the association between teachers’ and adolescent students’ resources; (ii) the impact of a neuropsychopedagogical training on adolescents (i.e., Envisioning the Future, EF). The sample includes N=113 adolescents (mean age=13.94 years) whose responses were combined with their teachers’ data (N=12, mean age=48.5 years). Participants completed self-report measures (e.g., on self-compassion, self-efficacy in the management of positive and negative emotions, resilience, and self-determination) and ad-hoc items about bullying frequency. To respond to aim (i), correlational analyses were conducted. Analyses of variance (ANOVA) were conducted to respond to aim (ii). The results show that teachers' positive attitude and perceived social support correlate positively with students' self-efficacy in managing positive emotions (p<.05). Furthermore, teachers’ common humanity correlates positively with the frequency with which adolescents report bullying among peers (p<.05). A negative correlation emerged between teachers’ self-efficacy in managing positive emotions and students’ self-judgment (p<.05). ANOVAs highlight that EF increases adolescents’ self-efficacy in managing negative emotions [F(1,112)=4.56 (p<.05)], common humanity [F(1,112)=11.28, p<.01], self-determination [F(1,112)=45.05, p<.001], frequency of reporting bullying [F(1,112)=14.85, p<.001]. The research lays the ground for future studies on trainings that enhance students’ positive resources, conceptualizing well-being as a socio-contextual and not only personal variable.

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Tania Di Giuseppe, Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti, Italy
Giulia Perasso, Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti, Italy
Grazia Serantoni, Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti, Italy
Carmela Lillo, Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti, Italy
Alessandro Maculan, University of Padua, Italy
Francesca Vianello, University of Padua, Italy
Patrizio Paoletti, Fondazione Patrizio Paoletti, Italy

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Conference: PCE2023
Stream: Mind

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Giuseppe T., Perasso G., Serantoni G., Lillo C., Maculan A., Vianello F., & Paoletti P. (2023) Growing Stronger Together: Are Students’ Positive Resources Correlated to Teachers’ Features? How Could They Be Incremented? ISSN: 2758-0962 The Paris Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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