Child psychiatric disorder and relative age in school year

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1286 (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1286

Holding back may cause more harm than good

  1. Thomas Radecki, private practice psychiatrist (c4tf@hotmail.com)
  1. 705 W Oregon, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

    EDITOR–If the increased psychiatric stress in the comparatively younger students in the study by Goodman et al is the result of inappropriate teacher expectations, holding back students may have no net benefit.1 The held back student becomes one of the older students, raising expectations and increasing stress for those younger. Some held back …

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