ERIC Number: EJ1086726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Parent Civic Beliefs, Civic Participation, Socialization Practices, and Child Civic Engagement
White, Elizabeth S.; Mistry, Rashmita S.
Applied Developmental Science, v20 n1 p44-60 2016
We examined civic engagement in middle childhood and the degree to which parents' civic beliefs (i.e., social trust and civic efficacy), civic participation, and socialization practices were associated with indicators of children's civic engagement (i.e., social responsibility and civic values). Survey data were collected from 359 racially, ethnically, and economically diverse upper elementary students and their parents from six schools in Southern California. The results of path analyses indicated that higher levels of parent social trust were associated with higher levels of community responsibility and civic values in children. Additionally, parent social trust, civic efficacy, and civic participation were indirectly associated with children's community responsibility and civic values through children's perception of their parents as civic role models. Findings suggest that parents' civic beliefs and civic participation are meaningful to children's civic engagement.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Beliefs, Citizen Participation, Socialization, Elementary School Students, Parents, Student Surveys, Parent Surveys, Path Analysis, Trust (Psychology), Responsibility, Parent Influence, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California