ERIC Number: ED385931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Parental Employment and the Effects on Student Attendance.
Ellis, Laura J.
Research on the effect of parent employment on student attendance has been sparse and inconclusive. This paper presents findings of a study that tested the following hypothesis--that students whose parents were at home during school hours would be absent more frequently than students whose parents worked during school hours. The sample was comprised of 82 kindergarten and third-grade students at Malinta Elementary School (Malinta, Ohio), a school with a very low percentage of minority students. The total number of days each child was absent during the 1994-95 school year was tabulated. Students' responses to the question "If you were sick and needed to stay home from school, would there be someone at home to take care of you?" were then compared with school records. A one-tailed t-test failed to find support for the hypothesis. There was no significant difference between the absentee rates of children whose parents were employed and children whose parents were not employed. The study, which focused on elementary school students, did not consider which parent was home or whether parents worked a second or third shift. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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