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The Role of Sleep, School Lunch, and Relationships for School Enjoyment

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Objectives: This study examined the relationship among students' school enjoyment, health behaviors, and social relationships at school. Methods: The sample included 487 children of both sexes, ages 9 to 13, from 25 classrooms in Finland and Norway. Data include surveys from children and teachers. A multilevel regression analysis was used. Results: The student-level variables of sleep duration and eating school lunch were associated with higher levels of school enjoyment. The student-level and class-level variables of teacher support and peer victimization were associated with school enjoyment. Conclusions: Emphasizing the importance of sleeping and dietary habits, improving lunch arrangements and the quality of school lunch, and developing social relationships in schools might promote students' school enjoyment.
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Keywords: BULLYING; EMOTIONAL HEALTH; NUTRITION; SCHOOL FOOD SERVICES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere, Finland

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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