ERIC Number: EJ943560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Parental Involvement and the Academic Achievement of Mexican American Youths: What Kinds of Involvement in Youths' Education Matter Most?
Social Work Research, v35 n3 p159-170 Sep 2011
Parental involvement in education is a key focus of current policies and programs aimed at improving the academic outcomes of students at risk for academic underachievement. This study examines six forms of parental involvement in education to determine which forms of involvement have the strongest relationships with youths' academic outcomes. Using nationally representative data (N = 1,609) from the National Education Longitudinal Survey, this study focuses specifically on Mexican American families and youths, a population at high risk for academic underperformance. Findings show that the positive effects of parental involvement among Mexican American parents occur through involvement in the home, whereas parental involvement in school organizations is not associated with youths' achievement. Parents' investment of financial resources in their children's education was found to have a somewhat higher impact on achievement than forms of involvement that require parents' investment of time. Findings also suggest that the impact of these forms of parental involvement occurs prior to high school.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Underachievement, Parent Participation, At Risk Students, Program Effectiveness, Parent School Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Mexicans, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Financial Support
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