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Soc Work Public Health. 2012;27(7):699-709. doi: 10.1080/19371910903323815.

The moderating effect of school type on the relationship between school-based health centers and the learning environment.

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Department of Social Work, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 05401, USA.


School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) have improved access to primary and preventive health care for underserved children and youth by bringing comprehensive health services into the schools while addressing critical health problems that make it difficult for students to learn. Despite the findings on the positive effects of SBHCs on health outcomes, the literature investigating the relationship between SBHCs and the learning environment is scant. This study utilizes a quasi experimental study to investigate the moderating effects of school type on the relationship between school based health centers and the learning environment. Findings indicate that SBHCs in middle and elementary schools are associated with greater levels of school engagement and satisfaction with the learning environment than those in high schools.

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