This study explored supportive relational processes for immigrant children’s well-being between peers, teachers, and parents in the development of school-based creative interventions in European multi-ethnic societies. Within the present study, we integrated the perspectives of teachers and parents to broaden the dominant focus on the assessment of individual symptomatology within the existing body of studies of school-based interventions studies. As a part of a larger multi-method study on the implementation of a creative expression program for immigrant children ages 8–12 years in three schools in Belgium, we conducted focus group discussions to learn parents’ and teachers’ perspectives on the role of school-based creative interventions in children’s coping with histories of migration and life in exile. Parents and teachers identified the need for the intervention to foster emotional expression impacting children’s self-esteem and social connectedness with peers and to foster emotional connections between parents, teachers, and children. Parents also stressed the importance of the intervention within society as a forum to engage with social conditions, promote cultural belonging, and social integration. Results identified the importance of school-based interventions in terms of individual benefits as well as connectedness and coherence in entire communities, thereby strengthening the development of transcultural research evidence for school-based interventions in multi-ethnic societies. © 2023 Society for the Study of School Psychology

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsp.2023.101260
ISSN: 00224405