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A longitudinal study of psychological functioning and academic attainment at the transition to secondary school

Riglin, Lucy, Frederickson, Norah, Shelton, Katherine Helen and Rice, Frances 2013. A longitudinal study of psychological functioning and academic attainment at the transition to secondary school. Journal of Adolescence 36 (3) , pp. 507-517. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.03.002

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Abstract

This longitudinal study of adolescents in the first year of secondary school, examined the relationship between psychological functioning at the beginning of year 7 (mean age 11.25 years) with attainment at the end of year 7 (mean age 11.78 years). Depressive symptoms, school liking and conduct problems predicted lower attainment across time having controlled for the temporal stability in psychological functioning and attainment. School concerns predicted lower attainment for boys only, and the effects of depressive symptoms on later attainment were significantly stronger for boys compared to girls. School liking – and school concerns for boys – remained significant predictors of attainment when controlling for conduct problems. The transition to secondary school may represent a window of opportunity for developing interventions aimed at improving both pupil psychological functioning and attainment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic attainment; School transition; Depressive symptoms; Conduct problems; Liking school; Gender differences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0140-1971
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 13:29
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/48028

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