Journal article

Belonging: a review of conceptual issues, an integrative framework, and directions for future research

Kelly-Ann Allen, Margaret L Kern, Christopher S Rozek, Dennis M McInerney, George M Slavich

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Objective: A sense of belonging-the subjective feeling of deep connection with social groups, physical places, and individual and collective experiences-is a fundamental human need that predicts numerous mental, physical, social, economic, and behavioural outcomes. However, varying perspectives on how belonging should be conceptualised, assessed, and cultivated has hampered much-needed progress on this timely and important topic. To address these critical issues, we conducted a narrative review that summarizes existing perspectives on belonging, describes a new integrative framework for understanding and studying belonging, and identifies several key avenues for future research and practice...

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Grants

Awarded by NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation


Awarded by National Institutes of Health grant


Funding Acknowledgements

G.M.S. was supported by a Society in Science -Branco Weiss Fellowship, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant [#23958] from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and National Institutes of Health grant [K08 MH103443].