Effect of Trajectories of Friends' and Parents' School Involvement on Adolescents' Engagement and Achievement

Myung Hee Im, Jan N. Hughes, Stephen West

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Abstract

In a sample of 527 academically at-risk youth, we investigated trajectories of friends' and parents' school involvement across ages 12–14 and the joint contributions of these trajectories to adolescents' age 15 school engagement and academic achievement. Girls reported higher levels of friends' and parents' school involvement than boys. Both parents' and friends' school involvement declined across ages 12–14. Combined latent growth models and structural equation models showed effects of the trajectories of friends' and parents' school involvement on adolescents' age 15 school engagement and academic achievement, over and above adolescents' prior performance. These effects were additive rather than interactive. Strategies for enhancing parent involvement in school and students' affiliation with peers who are positively engaged in school are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)963-978
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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