Externalizing and Internalizing Behaviors Predict Slower Academic Growth

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn how changes in externalizing behaviors are related to academic growth.
  2. learn how changes in internalizing behaviors are related to academic growth.
  3. learn how early behavioral intervention may have ancillary effects on academic development.

Description

This study examined how changes in externalizing and internalizing behaviors during elementary school influences growth in academic skills. Findings suggested that higher levels of externalizing behaviors in kindergarten and externalizing behaviors that become more severe across elementary school are related to slower academic growth. Similar findings were present for internalizing behaviors, though the effects were smaller. Successful early behavioral intervention may have ancillary effects on academic growth during elementary school.

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Presenter(s)

Christopher R. Niileksela, University of Kansas
Alexis R. Mondragon, University of Kansas

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