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(p. 355) Supporting the Well-Being of Highly Mobile Students 

(p. 355) Supporting the Well-Being of Highly Mobile Students
(p. 355) Supporting the Well-Being of Highly Mobile Students

Michael L. Sulkowski

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date: 15 January 2021

This chapter discusses efforts that educational and mental health professionals can take to help highly mobile students. These students often are impacted by homelessness, foster care, or the juvenile justice system. Although the needs of each respective student population differ, all highly mobile students experience residential instability, which is associated with an elevated risk for experiencing disruptions in academic and psychosocial functioning. However, consistent with a dual-factor model of mental health, many highly mobile students display considerable resilience and do not succumb to the pernicious effects of residential instability. Thus, under a multitiered system of support framework, this chapter also covers specific ways that school-based practitioners can attenuate risks while bolstering resilience to support well-being. Additionally, extant laws related to educational access and service delivery for highly mobile students are reviewed such as the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Improvements Act and the Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court decision.

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