Anxiety and educational achievement: An intervention study

Institution: University of Southampton

Investigator(s): Dr. Julie Hadwin

Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: Children with anxiety experience school related difficulties, with lower performance on schoolwork and tests, decreased attendance, higher dropout, and decreased likelihood of pursuing further education. Research has also shown that negative affect and academic performance is moderated by working memory (WM) function. The aim of the current project is to investigate whether WM training or cognitive behavioral therapy improves performance in school related academic tests and lowers anxiety in young people.

Population & Sample Size: N = 60 children with anxiety, ages 11 -14 years, ADHD and LD excluded

Design: Randomized, Controlled, Test-retest, 3 month follow-up