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ERIC Number: EJ1079197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Stability in Parents' Causal Attributions for Their Children's Academic Performance: A Nine-Year Follow-Up
Enlund, Emmi; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v61 n4 Article 4 p509-536 Oct 2015
This study investigated the interindividual stability and mean-level changes in parents' causal attributions for their children's academic performance across a 9-year period from the first year in primary school (Grade 1, age 7) to the end of lower secondary school (Grade 9, age 16). In all, 212 children participated in the study. The results showed that, after we controlled for the children's level of academic performance, the parents made fairly similar causal attributions when their children were in the ninth grade as they did in the first grade. Changes in the mean-level happened in only external attributions. Further, the differences between mothers and fathers in the stability of their causal attributions, and with regard to girls vs. boys, were minor. The results support the notion that parents' attributional styles may play an important role in their causal attributions for their children's academic performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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