ERIC Number: EJ848512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Achievement among Adolescents in Cambodia: Does Caregiver Trauma Matter?
Eng, Sothy; Mulsow, Miriam; Cleveland, Harrington; Hart, Sybil L.
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n6 p754-768 Aug 2009
How will hostilities occurring around today's world influence future generations in affected areas? Cambodia may be one place where this question can be answered, and academic achievement is one way to measure these effects. Cambodian adolescent/caregiver dyads (n=288) were examined for links between caregiver trauma history and adolescent academic achievement, using self reports of adolescents' relationships with caregivers, caregivers' reports of trauma history and symptoms (Harvard Trauma Questionnaire), and school records of adolescents' academic achievement. Fourteen percent of caregivers met criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Overall, caregiver trauma predicted caregiver education, which then predicted caregiver warmth, but not adolescents' academic achievement. Adolescents' academic achievement was predicted by caregivers' brain-related trauma, child gender, hours taking extra classes, and father's education. Implications for community health professionals are offered. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Academic Achievement, Public Health, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Parent Influence, Violence, Parent Child Relationship, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Caregivers, Educational Attainment, Predictor Variables, Brain, Gender Differences, Fathers, Mothers, War, High School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cambodia