What Psychosocial Factors are Associated with Positive Educational Outcomes?

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Vulnerable youth often face challenges with delayed learning due to their life experiences. Trauma, loss, mental illness, and social-emotional developmental delays present a variety of challenging educational issues for such youth. This study was undertaken at a Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) facility to provide insights into psychosocial and educational experiences adolescent clients were facing.

A total of 85 clients participated in this study. The setting was an adolescent Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) facility located in the Rocky Mountain area of the United States. Results from Pearson product moment correlations and stepwise multiple regression analyses indicated that the more adolescent clients made gains in reading during their time in treatment, and the more positive their overall psychosocial developmental attitudes, the more confident they felt about their school functioning upon exit.