Published Online: September 11, 2012
Published in Print: September 12, 2012, as SHY STUDENTS

Report Roundup

Shy Students

"Identifying Subgroups of Children at Academic Risk Across the Preschool Year"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

For parents who worry that their boisterous children might have a hard time succeeding in school, a new study suggests that extreme shyness can actually affect academic success as early as preschool.

That's because shyness can cause problems with engagement and learning, which can hinder development of academic skills, according to the study by University of Miami researchers. They found that "children displaying shy and withdrawn behavior early in the preschool year started out with the lowest academic skills and showed the slowest gains in academic learning skills across the year," a press release says.

The study was published online this month in the Journal of School Psychology. It draws on teacher assessments of more than 4,400 low-income preschoolers who attended Head Start programs.

Vol. 32, Issue 03, Page 5

Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories