What is it about?
Parents want their children to attend schools with good standardized test scores, but achievement pressures in these schools can result in mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and substance use. We discuss the underlying reasons and provide directions to enhance these students' well-being and resilience.
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Why is it important?
Students attending high-achieving schools (HASs) are now noted to be a distinct "at-risk" group, along with others such as youth in deep poverty or those with foster parents. This is because of ongoing pressures to achieve and excel, which can lead to serious mental health mental health problems of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. As parents and educators, it is critical to understand the sources of these destructive forces and to systematically reduce them. The need for this is even more pronounced now, as stressors resulting from the pandemic have added to the challenges already experienced by HAS students.
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This page is a summary of: High-achieving schools connote risks for adolescents: Problems documented, processes implicated, and directions for interventions., American Psychologist, November 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/amp0000556.
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This website describes our ongoing research and associated interventions in schools across the country.
Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity (2019)
This is a consensus study report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, describing risks associated with attendance at relatively high-achieving schools (HASs)
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