The “trade-off” of student well-being and academic achievement: A perspective of multidimensional student well-being

Xiaojun LING, Junjun CHEN, Hung Kay Daniel CHOW, Wendan XU, Yingxiu LI

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Abstract

Student well-being and its relationships with academic achievement in China have not been well-investigated. This study aimed at investigating student well-being and the trade-off of the well-being and academic achievement with a sample of 1,353 Chinese high-school students from four cities in China during coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic period. The six dimensions of well-being (academic, psychological, self, physical, social, and spiritual) were utilised to test the relationships with three subjects including Mathematics, English, and Chinese using a quantitative analysis. In this study, the relationships between six dimensions of well-being and three academic subject achievements were tested in one statistical model. Results showed that spiritual well-being was ranked the highest, followed by psychological, physical, self, and social well-being. Students gave the lowest ranking to academic well-being. The two significant paths identified were between spiritual well-being and two subjects, namely, Chinese and Mathematics. It is interesting to note that the other five dimensions of well-being were significantly associated with any subjects and English was not significantly related to any dimensions of well-being in this study. Our findings suggested that policymakers and other stakeholders should avoid an “all or nothing” mindset on practice when considering well-being as a multidimensional construct. Copyright © 2022 Ling, Chen, Chow, Xu and Li.

Original languageEnglish
Article number772653
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Citation

Ling, X., Chen, J., Chow, D. H. K., Xu, W., & Li, Y. (2022). The “trade-off” of student well-being and academic achievement: A perspective of multidimensional student well-being. Frontiers in Psychology, 13. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.772653

Keywords

  • Student well-being
  • High school
  • Quantitative
  • Chinese education
  • China

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