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Cultural Context and Social-Emotional Learning Interventions for Early Adolescents

Fri, April 17, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Virtual Room


Early adolescence marks the beginning of many physical, biological, and emotional changes as well as shifts in interactions with peers, family, and school staff. Research has proven the school environment to be one of one the most critical to the psychosocial development of adolescents. Social-emotional learning (SEL) programs have become an integral component of the field of education and have proven beneficial for both academic outcomes as well as psychosocial outcomes. What has been missing from scholarly literature, however, is research related to SEL interventions specifically designed to meet the unique developmental needs of racially and ethnically diverse adolescents. This paper describes how framing SEL interventions through ecological systems theories may strengthen SEL within middle school contexts.