ERIC Number: EJ1045672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
High Involvement Mothers of High Achieving Children: Potential Theoretical Explanations
Hunsaker, Scott L.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2013 n1 2013
In American society, parents who have high aspirations for the achievements of their children are often viewed by others in a negative light. Various pejoratives such as "pushy parent," "helicopter parent," "stage mother," and "soccer mom" are used in the common vernacular to describe these parents. Multiple explanations for the behaviors of these parents, especially mothers, can provided through concepts such as "enmeshment," "mattering," and "moral intuitions." This paper explores the results of interviews with several mothers who take great interest in their children's attainments and who play an active role in affording their children the opportunity to achieve. Qualitative analysis of these interviews, as well as of family archival materials, was conducted using each of the conceptual lens listed above to determine which provides the best fit for explaining the mothers' activities related to their aspirations for their children's achievements in academics, aesthetics, and athletics. These analyses indicate that enmeshment theory seems to provide the best fit.
Descriptors: Expectation, High Achievement, Parent Attitudes, Mothers, Individual Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Interviews, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Aesthetics, Athletics, Teacher Behavior, Parent Child Relationship, Elementary School Students, Documentation, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Utah