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PARENTAL INVOLVMENT, FAMILY STRUCTURE, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT by

Michael Allen Small

Statement of the Problem

In recent years, parental involvement has become the focus of attention for many

researchers interested in investigating factors that influence academic achievement.

While there are many possible reasons for this continued interest, it is important to

continuously re-evaluate the factors that influence academic progress as a means of

reducing social inequality and narrowing the gap between rich and poor. In addition,

family structure and the factors that inhibit or enhance parental involvement are

undergoing constant change. The purpose of this study is to replicate an earlier study,

Effects of Parental Involvement and Family Structure on the Academic Achievement of

Adolescents (Jeynes, 2005), that found that many types of parental involvement are

positively correlated with the child’s academic achievement.

Sources of Data

In addition to a substantial review of the current literature on the subject of parental

involvement, family structure, and academic achievement, the main sources of data used

in the development and production of this thesis are the National Education Longitudinal

Study 1988-2000, and the Education Longitudinal Study 2002-2004.

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