It's a given that students who feel the most connected to school exhibit the fewest behavior problems—like truancy, violence, and drug use. But figuring out which students feel alienated and how to reach them is another matter.

A new study, published in the November issue of Pediatrics, offers some insight. Dr. Andrea E. Bonny, a specialist in adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, says she has identified some warning signs, including smoking, drinking,


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