Self-criticism and depressive symptomatology interact to predict middle school academic achievement

Golan Shahar, Christopher C. Henrich, Annick Winokur, Sidney J. Blatt, Gabriel P. Kuperminc, Bonnie J. Leadbeater

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Although previous research has implicated adolescent depression in academic difficulties, few studies have explored the role of cognitive/personality factors in this area. To address this gap, the present study examines the role of self-criticism in academic functioning among early adolescent students over a 1-year interval. We hypothesized and found that adolescent self-criticism and depressive symptomatology interacted to predict decreased grade point average (GPA) over time, an interaction that was found predominantly in boys. This finding illustrates the need to integrate research on personality and psychopathology into educational psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic performance
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Early adolescence
  • Self-criticism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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