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ERIC Number: EJ1121492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Hold on Tight or Let Go: Exploring the Parental Role in First-Year Students' College Adjustment
Sax, Linda J.; Weintraub, Dayna S.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v28 n2 p73-92 2016
Using a sample of 995 students living in residential housing at a selective, public research university, this study examined the relationship between student-parent interactions and adjustment to college and investigated differences between student-mother interactions and student-father interactions. Results indicate that students are generally satisfied with the interaction they have with mothers, yet desire greater communication with fathers. Students' perceived quality of communication with mothers and social and/or emotional support from fathers are associated with positive adjustment. Administrators developing programs should recognize the unique contributions mothers and fathers have on academic and social adjustment, while also recognizing the primacy of peer influence during college.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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