Testing may lead to “stress bias,” in which students who have spikes of the stress hormone cortisol get lower test scores, according to a study of 93 elementary- and middle-school students from three New Orleans charter schools. Researchers found that students living in areas with more crime and poverty are more affected by stress, and may be less able to “to reveal the things they likely know,” says Pamela Cantor, a psychiatrist and founder of an organization that works with children affected by trauma.
CDC’s September 7, 2017 issue of The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report confirms that high school students reporting lower academic grades also report great health risk behaviors. In addition, data from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher grades are less likely to participate in certain risk behaviors. While results do not prove a causal link, students who reported engaging in unhealthy behaviors struggle academically.
What is already known about this topic?
Studies have shown links between health-related behaviors and educational outcomes such as grades, test scores, and other measures of academic achievement; however, many of these studies have used samples that are not nationally representative or are out of date.
What is added by this report?
Analyses of nationwide 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data (controlling for sex, race/ethnicity, and grade in school) reveal that high school students who received mostly A’s, mostly B’s, or mostly C’s had significantly higher prevalence estimates for most protective health-related behaviors and significantly lower prevalence estimates for most health-related risk behaviors compared with students with mostly D’s/F’s.
What are the implications for public health practice?
School health interventions can promote positive health behaviors and improve both health and academic outcomes for students. Evidence suggests that educational and public health institutions have a shared interest in promoting student health and that collaborative efforts have the potential to make important strides in improving the health and academic achievement of youths.
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When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer.
Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depressed.
Using data from 1984 to 1994, researchers from Philadelphia’s Dornsife School of Public Health, at Drexel University, measured school grades for more than 1.1 million children in Sweden and compared them with their parents’ mental health status. The study was published in a February issue of JAMA Psychiatry.
At age 16, children of mothers who had experienced depression scored about 4.5 percentage points lower in their school grades than children of nondepressed mothers. Similarly, 16-year-olds with fathers who had experienced depression scored about 4 percentage points lower.
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Fast food is cheap, filling and of course, fast. That makes it a lifesaver for some parents, but it’s also incredibly unhealthy. A nationwide study suggests that eating a lot of it might be linked to kids doing badly in school.
Researchers at the Ohio State University (OSU) and University of Texas, Austin, found that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their improvement in reading, math, and science test scores by eighth grade.
The difference between the test scores of kids who didn’t eat any fast food and those who reported eating a lot was significant: 20%.
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A study recently published in the Pediatric Exercise Science journal suggests children who are overweight and less active have a more difficult time learning.
While the study found an association between physical activity and mental skills in children, it did not find a cause-and-effect relationship.
For more information on this study, visit Medicine Net