ERIC Number: EJ747688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Reference Count: 50
In the Context of Risk: Supportive Adults and the School Engagement of Middle School Students
Woolley, Michael E.; Bowen, Gary L.
Family Relations, v56 n1 p92-104 Jan 2007
Many students in the United States, particularly those from lower income or racially/ ethnically diverse families, are exposed to clusters of risk factors that have a negative impact on school success. This study examined the association between the number of supportive and caring adults in the home, school, and neighborhood and the school engagement of students in early adolescence. Results revealed that students who reported such supportive adults in their lives also reported higher levels of psychological and behavioral engagement with their schooling. Additionally, including measures of environmental risk factors in analytical models of the school engagement of middle school students reduced otherwise statistically significant race/ethnicity differences to nonsignificance. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.
Descriptors: Risk, Middle School Students, Family (Sociological Unit), Low Income Groups, Ethnicity, Racial Differences, Adults, Models, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Parent Child Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States