Research published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology has found that students who do not do well in academic subjects in the first year of school tend to perform badly later on. In addition to this they display negative self-beliefs and symptoms associated with depression.
The study found that when young people are acknowledged for success in other non academic areas such as music, sport and so on they are less likely to feel helpless; this is particularly true for girls. The authors say that doing this encourages the child to feel like a good student in other areas. To read the article click here.