ERIC Number: EJ1034831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Parental Involvement of Mothers with Chronic Illness and Children's Academic Achievement
Chen, Yung-Chi; Fish, Marian C.
Journal of Family Issues, v34 n5 p583-606 May 2013
This study examined how maternal chronic illnesses may affect children's academic achievement through parental involvement. A total of 189 mothers diagnosed with chronic illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, asthma, myelodysplasic syndrome, and fibromyalgia, and with a child in middle school or high school (age 10-18 years) completed questionnaires assessing the demands of illness on family functioning, parental involvement, and the child's academic functioning. The results suggested that the majority of children of mothers with chronic illness were able to function adequately in terms of academic achievement. However, children's academic functioning might be at risk when family functioning was more disrupted as the result of maternal illness. Children's grades were negatively related to levels of demands of illness on family functioning. Levels of illness demands were negatively related to parental self-efficacy. Moreover, parental self-efficacy attenuated the effects of disruption in normal family functioning on children's academic achievement.
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Mothers, Chronic Illness, Academic Achievement, Parent School Relationship, Diseases, Middle School Students, High School Students, Questionnaires, Family Environment, At Risk Students, Grades (Scholastic), Severity (of Disability), Self Efficacy, Parent Attitudes, Hypothesis Testing, Academic Aspiration
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://sagepub.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Ohio