Citations connecting wellbeing, retention, and grades

Brocato, Nicole Jan 31, 2019
Posted in group: Wellbeing Collaborative

Hi, all:

I hope you are well. We are unusually cold here, and I am already counting down the days until spring!

We often get requests for citations. One of the hardest requests is for studies connecting overall wellbeing to academic correlates like grades and retention. These kinds of studies are hard to find because wellbeing is a very broad construct to define and study in its totality. Studies which examine the connection between a dimension of wellbeing–such as belonging or purpose–and academic correlates are more common because they cover more circumscribed conceptual territory.

We took another look through the literature and have assembled a small list of papers that examine the associations between overall wellbeing, grades, and retention. You can find them under the “Citations connecting wellbeing, retention, and grades” link on our Access Resources webpage.

This list is unlikely to be complete. In the spirit of collaboration, we would love it if you would send us relevant citations. We’ll update this list a few times a year so that we all have access to the most thorough resources possible.

All the best as always!


Nicole W Brocato, PhD
Director, Wellbeing Assessment
3105 Worrell
Wake Forest University
office: 336-758-6419
cell: 336-745-1815