ERIC Number: EJ801047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
African American Adolescents' Future Education Orientation: Associations with Self-Efficacy, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Parental Support
Kerpelman, Jennifer L.; Eryigit, Suna; Stephens, Carolyn J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n8 p997-1008 Sep 2008
The current study, using data from 374 African American students (59.4% female) in grades 7-12 attending a rural, southern county public school, addressed associations of self-efficacy, ethnic identity and parental support with "future education orientation." Both gender and current level of achievement distinguished adolescents with differing levels of future education orientation. The strongest predictors of future education orientation were self-efficacy, ethnic identity and maternal support. Gender did not moderate these associations. Implications for future research include the need to conduct longitudinal studies and research that integrates quantitative and qualitative methods to elucidate further the nature and importance of future education orientation for African American youth. Also needed are policies and programs that facilitate school bonding and academic performance, as are efforts that focus specifically on enhancing the future education orientation and academic success of African American male adolescents.
Descriptors: African American Students, Adolescents, Ethnicity, Self Efficacy, Parent Child Relationship, Academic Aspiration, Student Educational Objectives, Gender Differences, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies, Rural Schools, Rural Youth, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
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IES Cited: ED560919