The Association Between Academics and Behavior: A Longitudinal Cross-Lagged Analysis

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the associations between academic achievement and behavioral/emotional risk.
  2. consider critical timepoints for identification and intervention during elementary school to improve academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes.
  3. implement quality reading and writing instruction during the early elementary years to minimize the negative trajectories associated with behavioral/emotional risk.


Given the high rates of academic and behavioral problems for school-age children, more research over time is needed to investigate the bidirectional associations between behavioral–emotional problems and reading achievement. This presentation will discuss the results of a research study that examined the relationship between English language arts achievement and behavioral and emotional risk with a sample of predominantly culturally and linguistically diverse students. Practitioners will learn how they can minimize negative trajectories through early identification and intervention.



Kelsey Gaier, Lehigh University
Bridget V. Dever, Lehigh University


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