High-Achieving Schools Connote Risks for Adolescents: Directions for Intervention

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn how levels of important indicators of student mental health (i.e. anxiety, depression) at high-achieving schools compare to rates nationally
  2. explore a conceptual model that explains the factors implicated in poor student well-being at high-achieving schools
  3. learn how to prioritize intervention goals using rigorous, evidence-based school assessments
  4. explore practices and strategies to promote student and faculty emotional connectedness to the school community


Students in high-achieving schools, those with test scores in the top third of schools, are more likely to report higher levels of clinically significant anxiety and depression than students nationally. In this session, we will explore a conceptual model to understand the factors contributing to this issue and discuss best practices that schools have used to promote student resilience and improve connection between members of the school community.



Suniya S. Luthar, Authentic Connections
Nina L. Kumar, Authentic Connections


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