The Need to Belong: a Deep Dive into the Origins, Implications, and Future of a Foundational Construct
AuthorAllen, K-A; Gray, DL; Baumeister, RF; Leary, MR
Source TitleEducational Psychology Review
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsAllen, K. -A., Gray, D. L., Baumeister, R. F. & Leary, M. R. (2021). The Need to Belong: a Deep Dive into the Origins, Implications, and Future of a Foundational Construct. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10648-021-09633-6.
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The need to belong in human motivation is relevant for all academic disciplines that study human behavior, with immense importance to educational psychology. The presence of belonging, specifically school belonging, has powerful long- and short-term implications for students' positive psychological and academic outcomes. This article presents a brief review of belonging research with specific relevance to educational psychology. Following this is an interview with Emeritus Professors Roy Baumeister and Mark Leary, foundational pioneers in belonging research which reflects upon their influential 1995 paper, "The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation," to explore the value and relevance of belonging for understanding human behavior and promoting well-being.
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