Parents’ Relationships and Involvement: Effects on Students’ School Engagement and Performance

By: Yun Mo, Kusum Singh


This study focused on parents' relationships and involvement in their children's lives and the effects on the students' school engagement and school performance. The study used the Wave I data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The data on seventh and eighth grade students' school and family experiences were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The study examined the effect of parents' relationships and involvement on students' cognitive, emotional, and behavioral engagement in school and subsequently on school performance. The results confirmed the importance and significance of parents' involvement in middle school students' school engagement and performance. The study has implications for practice and provides empirical support for creating school structures that would foster parents' continued interest and engagement in their children's education.

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Published in Research in Middle Level Education Online, 2008


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2 comments on article "Parents' Relationships and Involvement: Effects on Students' School Engagement and Performance"

I think the importance of this post is huge, because there are so many parents that just think that school is just for their kids and nothing else. I know from my own personal experience that I would not be who I am today if my mom was not so involved in everything that I did in school. Having students parents involved directly leads to their success because they are more aware of what is going on in their child's lives and what they need to do to continue on being successful in their educational career.

—Kathleen
4/20/2015 2:06 PM

I have seen many students from all types of backgrounds. Some have parent involvement in their schooling, but a lot don't. I think this research and this post really highlight the fact that parental involvement is instrumental in the student's success. When parents become involved, it gives the students a sense that what they are doing is right and that it is going to benefit them.

—Elizabeth
4/28/2017 12:26 PM

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