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Academic achievement of American Indian and Alaska native students: Does social-emotional competence reduce the impact of poverty?

  • Author(s): Chain, J
  • Shapiro, VB
  • LeBuffe, PA
  • Bryson, AMK
  • et al.
Abstract

© Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Social-emotional competence may be a protective factor for academic achievement among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. This study used Fisher's r to Z transformations to test for group differences in the magnitude of relationships between socialemotional competence and achievement. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to determine the variance in academic achievement explained by student race, poverty, and social-emotional competence, and the schoolwide percentage of students by race. Data are from 335 students across 6 schools. This study suggests that promoting social-emotional competence among AI/AN students could be a strategy for reducing disparities in academic achievement and the consequences of these disparities.

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