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Student-Parent Relationships and Academic Success

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There is a need for non-instructional support for students’ academic success (Wasonga, Christman, & Kilmer 2003). Research shows that academic prowess is not enough for students to excel in school; they also need social support from friends and family (DeBerard, Spielmans, & Julka, 2004). An influential relationship is one between a student and a parent. The relationship between a student and parent can impact multiple aspects of a student’s life, including their academic self-perception. According to Sohn, Lee, Jang, Kim (2010), closer student-parent relationships yield higher grades. Confidence has been found to be linked to academic achievement (Stankov, Lee, Luo, Hogan 2012) and this study measures self-perceived competence as an indicator of academic success. Previous research has been done about the benefits of supportive interpersonal relationships for college students but little has been found about the cultural implications of students ethnic backgrounds. This study investigates and compares the differences in interactions between students and parents of Hispanic and non-Hispanic descent to better understand how ethnic differences in family structure affect students academically.

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Student-Parent Relationships and Academic Success

There is a need for non-instructional support for students’ academic success (Wasonga, Christman, & Kilmer 2003). Research shows that academic prowess is not enough for students to excel in school; they also need social support from friends and family (DeBerard, Spielmans, & Julka, 2004). An influential relationship is one between a student and a parent. The relationship between a student and parent can impact multiple aspects of a student’s life, including their academic self-perception. According to Sohn, Lee, Jang, Kim (2010), closer student-parent relationships yield higher grades. Confidence has been found to be linked to academic achievement (Stankov, Lee, Luo, Hogan 2012) and this study measures self-perceived competence as an indicator of academic success. Previous research has been done about the benefits of supportive interpersonal relationships for college students but little has been found about the cultural implications of students ethnic backgrounds. This study investigates and compares the differences in interactions between students and parents of Hispanic and non-Hispanic descent to better understand how ethnic differences in family structure affect students academically.