Vistas Online 2009

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Wellness and Academic Performance of Elementary Students

Mary A. Hollingsworth


This study included a public school based sample of 634 children in third through fifth grades and examined whether differences in wellness component scores were associated with differences in academic performance. Results of this study supported a relationship between performance on all three academic tests and scores on Social Self, Physical Self, and Coping Self wellness composites. Results of the study were inconclusive on a relationship between the wellness composites of Essential Self, Creative Self, and the Life Contexts. This study provided support for identification of the dimensions of wellness that relate to academic performance that could enhance intervention efforts during the formative education years.

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