Title

Relationships among socioeconomic status, family relationships, and academic achievement

Abstract

Research suggests that there are many factors that are related to students' academic achievement. For this study, socioeconomic status, parenting styles, and family relationships are investigated in relationship to academic achievement, as identifying variables that may be related to academic achievement may prove important in implementing interventions that are used to increase academic achievement. Participants (N = 169, 3 5 males and 134 females) at a large Southeastern university are presented with a series of questionnaires that measure demographic information (including academic achievement as measured by participants' grade point average and standardized test scores), parenting styles, family relationships, and motivation to achieve academically.

Results suggest that socioeconomic status is not related significantly to parenting styles or family characteristics but is related marginally to academic achievement. Results also suggest that fathers ' authoritarianism is related to participants' academic achievement in terms of what they aim for. Results of this study further indicate that various family characteristics are related significantly to academic achievement. These findings emphasize the importance of research investigating the relationships among socioeconomic status, parenting styles, family characteristics, and academic achievement.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

2009

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Renk, Kimberly

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Degree Program

Psychology

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0022301

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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