Alea A. Baron


Achievement in youth across America has been defined by youth report card grades and standardized test scores, with higher scores typically being the gateway to college, scholarships, and future financial success. There is abundant evidence that shows parenting factors and the parent-child relationship are correlated with high academic achievement in youth. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate if the effects of high parent-child agreement on youth self-esteem and self-efficacy significantly correlated with high youth academic achievement on classroom achievement scores. Data from Dr. Judy Ho's The STAGES Project in student's entering the 6th grade was utilized in examining the parent-child relationship and youth academic achievement. Youth and parent report on the State Self-Esteem Scale (SSES) and New General Self-Efficacy Scale (NGSE), both scored using the Likert scale, were utilized to calculate agreement scores. Parent-child agreement on the measures was scored using the total difference between parent and child scores on each measure. Three youth academic indicators from the youths' 2011-2012 report cards were used to assess academic achievement of English grades, Math grades, and GPA semester grades. No significant relationships were found between parent-child agreement on youth self-esteem or self-efficacy, and the academic indicators examined in this study.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Education -- Parent participation; Academic achievement; Parent and child

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Ho, Judy;