The Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Resilience Profiles on School Outcomes among Children in the Child Welfare System

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 May 14;19(10):5987. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19105987.


This study aimed to examine the association between early childhood resilience profiles and later school outcomes (academic achievement and school involvement) among children in the U.S. child welfare system. This study compared 827 children aged 3-5 years in three latent profile groups (poor emotional and behavioral resilience, low cognitive resilience, and multi-domain resilience) to their baseline profiles using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW-II). At the three-year follow-up, children with low emotional and behavioral resilience profiles and children with the multi-domain resilience profile had significantly higher basic reading skills, reading comprehension, and math reasoning compared to children with low scores on the cognitive resilience profile. Furthermore, children with the multi-domain resilience profile had significantly higher levels of emotional school engagement than did those with the low emotional and behavioral resilience profile and considerably higher levels of behavioral school engagement compared to those with the low cognitive resilience profile. The findings highlight the persistent effects of early resilience into the later childhood years. Moreover, our results suggest the need for early identification of and intervention for children with low cognitive or emotional/behavioral resilience during the preschool years to promote academic success and school engagement during the school-age years.

Keywords: academic achievement; adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); children; latent profile analysis; resilience; school involvement; school outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Academic Success*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Welfare* / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Educational Status
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Schools