Emotional Well-being and Learning: A Study on SSCOPE School Students

The connection between emotional Well-being and learning has been proven time and again by the research of many professional psychologists. This is seen particularly among the adolescents when they are experiencing a critical and vulnerable time of experiencing several physical, emotional, intellectual and social changes. In order to further observe the association, BIED conducted a research experiment hoping to gain further insight.


  • The study took place at the SSCOPE schools in Savar and Kamrangir Char
  • 104 students, aged between 11 to 13 participated (72 female and 32 male)
  • Using questionnaires and focus group discussions (FGDs)
  • 45 minutes FGD's discussing emotions, emotional or psychological Well-being and how these impact the participants’ learning
  • Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) was calculated by hand


The results indicate that the learning will decrease with the increase of the SDQ score, or, in other words, the learning of the participants is hampered by poor emotional Well-being. Even negative non-significant values could be observed for all the age groups, which indicate lower level of learning is associated to higher SDQ scores, or in other terms, poor level of learning is associated to poor emotional condition. 

The FDGs show that the emotional attachment to a teacher affects the students when teachers are changed and also that household interruptions are also causes of distraction and emotional disruption.

Acting on it:

In order to act on their results, the team proposed a variety of solutions. These include talking, listening, drawing, doing origami and relaxation techniques. Community counselors and parent-teacher meetings will continue to be provided towards the betterment of the children's education.

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Director, BIED

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