According to research, social emotional learning programming (SEL) improves behavior in a more positive way. In other words, students are less likely to engage in risky behavior (e.g. bullying, disrupting the classroom and aggression) that prevent a meaningful learning experience, because practicing positive and safe behavior will allow students to develop personal strengths (e.g. perseverance). Research concludes that the SEL programming has beneficial effects on social skills, positive self-image, and academic achievement.The study also shows a reduction in depression, social isolation and stress.
Source: Dymnicki, A., Sambolt, M., & Kidron, Y. (2013). DC: American Institutes for Research College & Career Readiness and Success Center.