Study Finds Early Social and Emotional Skill Development is Linked to Adolescent and Adult Well Being

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A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study indicates kindergarten students who are more inclined to exhibit “social competence” traits, such as sharing, cooperating, or helping other kids, may be more likely to attain higher education and well-paying jobs. In contrast, students who exhibit weaker social competency skills may be more likely to drop out of high school, abuse drugs and alcohol, and need government assistance.

The 20 year retrospective study looked at a cohort of 753 Kindergarten students.  The key findings show that social competence in kindergarten was a consistent and significant indicator of both positive and negative future outcomes across all major domains: education, employment, criminal justice, substance use and mental health.

For more information on this study, click here.

Winter Park Health Foundation offers CHILL, Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons, to help students develop social and emotional skills to support their development into adolescent and adult well being.   CHILL is a free counseling program for students of all ages in the public schools serving Winter Park and neighboring communities.  Students can also utilize CHILL for help with issues such as divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and depression. CHILL Counselors focus on prevention and early intervention programs. There is no cost to students or families.

CHILL is one of several programs the Foundation supports to care for the health of the whole child, in the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities

For more information about CHILL, click here.