Association between life skills and academic performance in adolescents in the autonomous community of Aragon (Spain)

Beatriz Sánchez-Hernando, Raúl Juárez-Vela, Isabel Antón-Solanas*, Ángel Gasch-Gallén, Pedro Melo, Tam H. Nguyen, José Ramón Martínez-Riera, Elisa Ferrer-Gracia, Vicente Gea-Caballero

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

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Background: Learning and socio-emotional development is promoted through the creation and nurturing of an optimal school climate. This study aims to analyze the relationship between life skills and academic performance in a large sample of adolescents from the autonomous community of Aragón (Spain). Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on the life skills and academic performance of a sample of 7th and 8th grade middle school students during the academic year 2018–2019. A sample of 43 middle schools were randomly selected; the final sample comprised 1745 students. The following data were collected through an anonymized, previously validated questionnaire: sociodemographic variables, social skills, self-efficacy, affective balance, and academic performance. Results: We found a statistically significant association between life skills and academic performance (p < 0.001) in our sample. We also observed significant gender differences in life skills, with boys obtaining higher scores in cognitive skills and affective balance, and with girls achieving higher scores in social skills. Conclusion: We argue that life skills should be integrated into educational policies in order to improve the academic performance and health outcomes of students.
Idioma originalEnglish
Número do artigo4288
RevistaInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Número de emissão8
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Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 2 abr 2021

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