Growth Mindset and Children’s Health

NOT JUST FOR SCHOOL — A POSITIVE MINDSET HAS POTENTIAL TO BOOST PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, TOO

BY BARI WALSH, LEAH SHAFER, ON MARCH 15, 2017 11:13 AM
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For at least the last decade, educators have understood the powerful connection between mindset and achievement — that when students believe they can learn a given subject, even a hard one, they stick with it longer, and do better, than if they believe they can’t learn or are “just bad at it.”

But the role of mindset could be just as important in children’s overall health and development, according to a new commentary in the journal JAMA Pediatrics by pediatricians Claudia Mueller and Barry Zuckerman and educational psychologist Meredith Rowe.

 

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