ERIC Number: ED516305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
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Attending Community College, Parenting Satisfaction, and Academic Performance
Gilfert, Christy M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
This research was a quantitative study designed to evaluate parenting satisfaction, academic performance, and students' perceptions of pursuing higher education in students attending community college. One purpose of this research was to determine if pursuing higher education at the community college level impacted the parenting satisfaction of community college students. To reach this objective, the researcher investigated whether parenting satisfaction levels of community college students differed from the parenting satisfaction levels of the individuals in the standardization sample for the Parenting Satisfaction Scale (PSS). This research also investigated the relationship between parenting satisfaction and academic performance. In addition, this research examined students' perceptions of how pursuing higher education impacts parenting satisfaction, the quality of the parent-child relationship, academic performance, the ability to achieve academic goals, and stress level. Demographic data was also explored to determine whether certain variables moderate parenting satisfaction, academic performance, and students' perceptions of pursuing higher education. Participants were community college students in southwest Florida who had at least one child under the age of 18 living at home. By understanding how attending community college and caring for children affects adult students' academic performance, community college staff can develop initiatives aimed at improving academic performance. Furthermore, by understanding students' perceptions of how attending community college affects elements of parenting satisfaction, community college staff can develop initiatives aimed at improving the perceptions and parenting satisfaction of adult students who are parents. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Student Attitudes, Community Colleges, Child Rearing, Parent Child Relationship, Academic Achievement, Adult Students, Parent Attitudes, Correlation, Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida