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ERIC Number: EJ1201273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Predictive Influence of Executive Functions, Effortful Control, Empathy, and Social Behavior on the Academic Performance in Early Adolescents
Zorza, Juan P.; Marino, Julián; Acosta Mesas, Alberto
Journal of Early Adolescence, v39 n2 p253-279 Feb 2019
In this study, we explored the predictive role of behavioral measures of Executive Functions (EFs) and a self-report measure of Effortful Control (EC) on the academic performance of early adolescents. We also analyzed the mediating role of self-reported empathy and social behavior rated by peers (i.e., prosocial behavior and social preference) and by the lead teacher (i.e., social competence). A sample of 244 adolescents aged between 12 and 13 years participated in the study. The resulting structural equation model indicated that EFs and EC predict academic performance in a complementary and independent way. Results also confirmed the mediating role of empathy and social behavior. The final model explained 64% of academic performance. We discuss the appropriateness of obtaining complementary measures of EFs and EC in predictions of academic performance as well as the importance of introducing activities involving self-regulation, empathy, and socioemotional skills in the school setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain