Research supports Socio-Emotional Development

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As a broad definition, socio-emotional development represents a wide range of socio-emotional processing skills used on a daily basis (i.e., self-awareness, coping strategies, problem-solving, reading social cues, emotional processing, cooperation, communication, self-regulation), where an increased set of socio-emotional skills can identify individuals as having higher or advanced capacity in this developmental domain. The reverse would be an individual with poorer socio-emotional skills development, who likely encounters disadvantages or greater weaknesses in the social arena. The concept of socio-emotional intelligence also runs parallel to this construct.

Recent trends in research highlight the importance and significant impact of greater socio-emotional intelligence across multiple life domains. Socio-emotional intelligence is positively correlated with success in areas such as school, workplace, and various leadership roles. It is a predictor of general life success, a richer sense of self-being, and richer social connections.

Similar to the high value placed on cognitive intelligence, the desirability to further develop one’s socio-emotional competency to create a more effective and adaptive way of life is a growing demand in today’s world. Many parents, teachers, and health professionals are constantly looking for an edge in advancing their child’s, students’, or patient’s learning, progress, and achievements. Thus, securing socio-emotional learning opportunities for healthier relationships and quality of life are highly appealing.