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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1998 Jul;68(3):455-67.

Mental health and the academic performance of first nations and majority-culture children.

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  • 1Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.


Prior classroom achievement and verbal IQ are identified as predictors of school performance for both Native and non-Native youngsters. Children's assessments of their competence, which appear to be, in part, a product of interactions with teachers, were found to be independent predictors of classroom performance. Results suggest that verbal IQ and compromised self-assessments contribute to the difficulties many Native children experience in majority-culture schools.

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