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ERIC Number: ED424011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 31
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Maternal Factors Affecting the Academic Achievement of Latino Adolescents.
Rivera, Marisa
Although much research has been done to determine how familial processes affect academic achievement, few researchers have directly studied culturally or linguistically diverse populations, in particular Latinos. The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of distal variables (maternal intelligence, maternal education, maternal employment and poverty) and of the proximal variables (home environment and parent child interaction) on the academic achievement of Latino adolescents. The study utilized the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) for its sample. The study hypothesized that the effects on Latino adolescents' academic achievement of maternal intelligence, maternal education, hourly rate of pay, hours worked weekly by mother, and family poverty status would be mediated through the home environment and the parent-child interactions. The observed linear relationships between the predictor variables, the mediating variables, and the outcome variables were not as hypothesized. In almost every instance and for each group under study, maternal intelligence was a significant predictor of the academic achievement measures. Finally, the findings indicated that home environment was a significant predictor of academic achievement but not a significant mediator. (Contains 73 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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