Influence of Social–Emotional Factors on Student Achievement

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. determine specific factors to target while providing social–emotional interventions.
  2. design interventions to meet the specific needs of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
  3. understand needs of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds when returning from the COVID-19 crisis.


While a primary focus of schools in the United States is student achievement, there is a notable gap between the academic performance of those from low versus high socioeconomic backgrounds. This study examines the influence of multiple social–emotional factors that may promote academic performance in low socioeconomic student populations. Findings reveal how prosocial behaviors, peer relationships, and emotional symptoms predict achievement outcomes for these students.



Allison A. Fairchild, University of Arizona
Ernest C. Smith, IV, University of Arizona
Shang Xu, University of Arizona
Michelle M. Perfect, University of Arizona


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