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The influence of psychosocial factors on academic performance of adolescents: a quality assurance project
Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
  • S. A. Gulzar, Aga Khan University
  • Tazeen Saeed Ali, Aga Khan University
  • Amina Aijaz, Aga Khan University
  • Neesha Hussain, McGill University
Publication Date
7-1-2010
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Adolescence is a time of rapid psychological and physiological changes and is associated with anxiety and mental distress. This project looks at the potential of school-based programs to reduce these negative effects of academic performance in both the short- and long-term. This study was conducted in a private school in Karachi, Pakistan between October 1998 and December 2006 on 305 students with low academic performance. Results show that students scoring low grades had a mean of 55 + 2.8 and postintervention score of 56 + 2.6. The intervention package significantly created a difference in reducing the number of students receiving low grades. Qualitative analysis showed that study participants had enhanced self-esteem, confidence levels, positive attitudes towards learning, improved time management and decision-making skills. This suggests that in an academic institution, the presence of a professional support system enhances learning and coping mechanisms.
Citation Information
S. A. Gulzar, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Amina Aijaz and Neesha Hussain. "The influence of psychosocial factors on academic performance of adolescents: a quality assurance project" Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan Vol. 20 Iss. 7 (2010) p. 494 - 5
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tazeen_ali/60/