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Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent among adolescents, and many studies have investigated the correlation between mental health issues and academic performance. However, no studies have explored the ability of academic problems to predict mental health issues in students. This research study aims to investigate the effectiveness of students’ academic outcomes in predicting the presence of mental health issues. A sample of 6,503 adolescents in grades 7 through 12, participated in the study. Using multiple regression analysis, two models were built to measure the effectiveness of independent variables related to academic outcomes to predict mental health issues. Results show that academic performance can be used as an indicator of mental health issues, specifically anxiety and depression.


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  • Alternative title
    • Academic Predictors of Mental Health Problems Among Adolescents in Grades 7 through 12

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 98

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    20 July 2022

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    • Acknowledgements:

      Katharine Carter is a PhD Candidate at the National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America, A special thank you to Dr. Michaela Farber, Ph.D., for her guidance in her classes, Multivariate Statistics I and II, which provided me with the foundation needed to apply a statistical test to my research question, and for her guidance during the analysis process, and to Dr. Eun Koh, Ph.D., for her guidance in her class, Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, in which I began to develop this paper. An additional thank you to Carol Carter for her support and assistance in the editing process.