Healthy Pathways towards Academic Achievement and Social Mobility for Low-SES Youth

Can a school-based intervention focused on increasing school motivation and academic outcomes of low-SES adolescents have positive effects on students’ health?

Adolescents from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are at risk for poor academic outcomes and are likely to face unique health challenges, even if they succeed in school and experience social mobility. This study will test whether students who participate in groups that encourage academic motivation and provide social support and connection have improved health and achievement outcomes. It will also quantify how students’ social interactions and social support may serve as pathways to academic achievement and physical health. A school-based intervention and embedded ecological momentary assessment (EMA) study will establish the foundation for a program of research investigating experiences of social support and connection to others as a pathway towards healthy achievement for low-SES adolescents.

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