ERIC Number: EJ1027548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Parent-Child Discrepancies in Educational Expectations: Differential Effects of Actual versus Perceived Discrepancies
Wang, Yijie; Benner, Aprile D.
Child Development, v85 n3 p891-900 May-Jun 2014
This study explored how discrepancies between parents' and adolescents' educational expectations influenced adolescents' achievement using a nationally representative, longitudinal sample of 14,041 students (14 years old at baseline). "Actual" discrepancies (i.e., those between parents' and adolescents' actual educational expectations) and "perceived" discrepancies (i.e., those between adolescents' perceptions of their parents' educational expectations and adolescents' own) were examined. Achievement was higher when parents "actually" held higher expectations than adolescents held or when adolescents "perceived" that their parents' expectations were lower than their own. In contrast, achievement was lower when parents "actually" held lower expectations than adolescents held or when adolescents "believed" that their parents' expectations exceeded their own. Implications for identifying adolescents at risk and promoting adaptive parent-child educational expectations are discussed.
Descriptors: Expectation, Parent Attitudes, Adolescent Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies, Comparative Analysis, At Risk Students
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