Barriers to school-based parent involvement while living in public housing: A mother’s perspective

Stephanie Pena, Daniel Brisson

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    Abstract

    Parent involvement is associated with child academic outcomes, positive behaviors, and social skills. This qualitative study explored school-based parent involvement barriers experienced by nine low-income mothers. In-depth interviews were used to collect data from mothers participating in a community-based program offered in a large public housing neighborhood. Findings included three main barriers: (a) cultural and language differences in their children’s school, (b) undertones of racism from teachers and parents, and (c) being the primary caregiver or sole provider for their children. Although all parents experience challenges to school involvement, low-income mothers face additional obstacles preventing them from engaging in their children’s schools. This perceived lack of school involvement can lead to feelings of helplessness, shame, and stigma.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number6
    Pages (from-to)1176-1187
    Number of pages12
    JournalQualitative Report
    Volume23
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - May 18 2018

    Keywords

    • Narratives
    • Public housing
    • School-based parent involvement

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Education

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