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ERIC Number: EJ878453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Predictors and Correlates of Academic Performance among Urban African American Adolescents
Nebbitt, Von E.; Lombe, Margaret; LaPoint, Velma; Bryant, Dawn
Journal of Negro Education, v78 n1 p29-41 Win 2009
The academic performance of urban African American students continues to be a major concern. Academic achievement has been the main avenue to upward social mobility for African Americans. This study assesses the effect of attitudes, behavior, peers, and family on the academic performance of African American students living in urban public housing developments located in a large midwestern city. Results are presented from a sample of 238 African American adolescents aged 13-19 with a mean age of 15.6 years. Results suggested that youth with unfavorable attitudes toward deviance and who spend time involved in family activities are more likely to report above-average grades. As youth involvement in antisocial behavior and exposure to delinquent peers increased, they were less likely to report above-average grades. This investigation highlights the importance of examining family, peer, and individual correlates when assessing factors that influence academic performance among African American students living in public housing or similar urban settings. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A