Social Emotional Learning Research Studies

Did you know that kindergarten students who show high social competence (or good social skills) are 46% more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25? In 2015, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published results from a fascinating long-term study measuring social competence for a group of 753 kindergartners and evaluated outcomes for these same students 20 years later. What they found was startling:

“For every one-point increase on the 5-point scale in a child’s social competence score in kindergarten, he/she was:

  • Twice as likely to attain a college degree in early adulthood; 
  • 54% more likely to earn a high school diploma; and 
  • 46% more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25.”

And on the flip side, “for every one-point decrease in a child’s social competence score in kindergarten, he/she had:

  • 67% higher chance of having been arrested by early adulthood; 
  • 82% higher rate of recent marijuana usage; and
  • 82% higher chance of being in or on a waiting list for public housing.”

Social emotional skills will help students be better prepared for college and careers, and it’s clear that the earlier they are practiced and mastered, the more likely it is that students will be successful in both school and the workforce.

Centervention Program Research Studies

Game-Based Socio-Emotional Skills Assessment: A Comparison Across Three Cultures

A research team used Hall of Heroes to measure and compare social and emotional skills of adolescent female students matched for age across Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States, and found significant correlations between social and emotional skills for all cultures. Full study >

Establishing the criterion validity of Zoo U’s social emotional skills assessment for school-based outcomes

In a study of 270 students, those who demonstrated higher social competence when problem solving Zoo U’s virtual situations were significantly more likely to exhibit positive social, behavioral, and academic adjustment, while children who performed poorly on Zoo U were significantly more likely to experience negative school-based outcomes. Full study >

The acceptability and efficacy of an intelligent social tutoring system

A study testing the effectiveness and acceptability of Adventures Aboard the S.S. Grin found that children rated the game highly and that those who used the game showed lower psychosocial distress and higher behavioral and emotional strength after playing than those who did not. Full study >

Additional Centervention Program Research Studies

General Social and Emotional Research Studies

  • Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness (American Journal of Public Health)
  • The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions (Child Development)
  • Ready To Be Counted: The Research Case for Education Policy Action on Non-Cognitive Skills (Transforming Education)