Two studies of low income parents' involvement in schooling

Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, Jose A. Lopez, Perry Nelson, Howard S. Adelman

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Abstract

An interview and an intervention study are reported. Interview findings extend research on the positive relationship of parent involvement to school success. That is, although most of the low income families reported low-moderate participation, a postive relationship was found between parent involvement and school adjustment as early as kindergarten. With respect to negative valuing and barrier interpretations of low participation, the data support the latter; all but a few parents reported positive attitudes toward school involvement, while the majority indicated significant barriers. In comparing Latino and non-Latino groups, the former reported more barriers. Within the Latino group, parents whose children had made a good school adjustment indicated the most participation. Non-English proficient parents reported more barriers than those proficient in English but comparable degrees of involvement. In the intervention study, a simple strategy resulted in more treatment than control parents attending a school event. Differences in attendance were related to ethnicity and language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-202
Number of pages18
JournalThe Urban Review
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1992

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