The influence of academic support on Latino adolescents' academic motivation

Edna C. Alfaro, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Mayra Y. Bámaca

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Abstract

The current study examined the extent to which mothers, fathers, teachers, and teenage friends influenced Latino adolescents' academic motivation. Using path analysis, separate models were tested for 154 Latino boys and 156 Latina girls. Findings indicated that mothers' and teachers' academic support were positively related to adolescent girls' academic motivation, and fathers' and teachers' academic support were positively related to adolescent boys' academic motivation. The salience of teachers' support, possible reasons for gender differences, and implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-291
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Relations
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic support
  • Gender differences
  • Hispanic families
  • Latino adolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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