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The far-reaching effects of believing people can change: Implicit theories of personality shape stress, health, and achievement during adolescence.

Yeager, D. S., Johnson, R., Spitzer, B. J., Trzesniewski, K. H., Powers, J., & Dweck, C. S. (2014). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(6), 867–884. doi: 10.1037/a0036335

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    78
     Students
    , grade
    9
No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: February 2016

Academic achievement outcomes—Statistically significant negative effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
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Significant? Improvement
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ESSA
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Portion of students earning a D in both semesters of Algebra I

Teaching Students That Personality Traits Are Malleable vs. Another intervention

End of the year

Algebra I students;
78 students

0.02

0.14

Yes

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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.

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