ERIC Number: ED442565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Adolescent Parent Relationships and Academic Performance.
Zook, Joan M.; Repinski, Daniel J.
This study examined associations between parent-child relationships and adolescents' academic performance. Adolescents in 7th and 10th grade completed self-report questionnaires assessing 6 features of parent-adolescent relationships: time spent together, number of activities, degree of influence, frequency of experiencing positive emotions, negative emotions, and subjective closeness. Academic performance was assessed with school grades and self-report measures of academic functioning and academic motivation. Findings indicated that seventh-graders had higher academic performance than tenth-graders and had relationships with parents that involved more time, activities, influences, and positive emotions. Parent-adolescent relationship features predicted academic performance in the tenth-grade sample but not in the seventh-grade sample. The strongest predictors of tenth-graders' academic performance were the degree of influence and the frequency of experiencing negative emotions in relationships with mothers. The findings suggest that multidimensional measures of parent-adolescent relationship features may be useful for improving understanding of parents' role in adolescents' academic performance. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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