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Child Dev. 2004 Sep-Oct;75(5):1491-509.

Parent academic involvement as related to school behavior, achievement, and aspirations: demographic variations across adolescence.

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Department of Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0085, USA. nancy@duke.edu

Abstract

A longitudinal model of parent academic involvement, behavioral problems, achievement, and aspirations was examined for 463 adolescents, followed from 7th (approximately 12 years old) through 11th (approximately 16 years old) grades. Parent academic involvement in 7th grade was negatively related to 8th-grade behavioral problems and positively related to 11th-grade aspirations. There were variations across parental education levels and ethnicity: Among the higher parental education group, parent academic involvement was related to fewer behavioral problems, which were related to achievement and then aspirations. For the lower parental education group, parent academic involvement was related to aspirations but not to behavior or achievement. Parent academic involvement was positively related to achievement for African Americans but not for European Americans. Parent academic involvement may be interpreted differently and serve different purposes across sociodemographic backgrounds.

PMID:
15369527
PMCID:
PMC2765127
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2004.00753.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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