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Climate/Relationships refers to the amount of warmth and friendliness; praise and recognition; and the degree to which the adult-youth relationship is positive and respectful. Student success at school is enhanced when students experience cooperative, accepting environments; a non-blaming relationship between home and school; and encouragement, praise and involvement from key adults. Continuity between home and school relationships and interactions, influences the degree of academic achievement of youth. Climate/Relationships is how adults in the home, in the school, and in the community help youth to be learners.


Sandra L. Christenson, Ph.D professor in College of Education and Human Development and Cathryn Peterson, teacher with Armstrong High School, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Revised by Kathleen A. Olson, program director in partnering for school success.

Reviewed in 2018

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