Social and Emotional Well-being
Social and emotional intelligence - the ability to successfully communicate, resolve conflict, interact with others and manage emotional responses - can help students do better in the classroom and in life. Fostering social and emotional well being is a key component in improving conditions for learning.
AIR conducts research and evaluation activities and provides technical assistance, consultation, and communication activities regarding the mental health of children and youth, and the social and emotional conditions for learning. AIR’s activities in this area focus on promotion, prevention, early intervention, and treatment.
Our work includes cultural competence, disparity reduction, juvenile justice, child welfare, violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention. We also assist with interagency collaboration, school-based interventions, family-driven practice, indicator development, evidence-based practices, positive behavioral approaches, youth development, and social and emotional learning. AIR works with communities, schools, counties, states, and federal and international agencies.
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The Cleveland School District and AIR implemented a districtwide effort to improve safety, order, and conditions for learning, including social and emotional competence, connectedness to caring adults and peers, and the experience of emotional and physical safety. Findings included improved conditions for learning, better attendance, decreased disruptive behavior, and fewer suspensions.
This study examines how general coping strategies mediate the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and depression. Results suggest that the use of “avoidant coping strategies” may mediate or help to explain why perceptions of racial discrimination are associated with increased depression among African American youth.
Susan Muenchow and Christopher Ruhm discuss how a paid parental leave policy could promote a more stable foundation for children and families in the U.S.—without breaking the bank. Longer leave gives mothers more time to heal physically, encourages breastfeeding, and promotes parent-baby attachment.
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