Mental Health Trajectories and Academic Adjustment in High-Achieving Youth

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become familiar with the literature on the stability of a dual-factor model of mental health in middle adolescence.
  2. gain a broader understanding of students’ mental health trajectories during high school and the relationship between mental health status and immediate and delayed academic outcomes.
  3. better understand how schools can best allocate tiered social–emotional resources.


Middle adolescence is associated with declines in mental health, including increased mental illness and diminished subjective well-being. A dual-factor model (DFM) recognizes that complete mental health involves both reduced symptoms of psychopathology and high subjective well-being. This presentation will share the results of a study on the stability of mental health within a DFM for students enrolled in accelerated curricula, describe associations between mental health and academic success, and discuss implications for school-based services.



Letty L. DiLeo, University of South Florida
Shannon M. Suldo, University of South Florida


John M. Ferron, Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick


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