Parental Monitoring and Perceptions of Children's School Performance and Conduct in Dual- and Single-Earner Families

Ann C. Crouter, Shelley M. MacDermid, Susan Marie McHale, Maureen Perry-Jenkins

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Abstract

Relationships between parental monitoring and children's school performance and conduct were examined in 77 dual- and 75 single-earner families in which the eldest child was between 9 and 12 years old. During home interviews, mothers, fathers, and children reported on children's school grades, perceived academic competence, and perceived conduct. Parental monitoring (i.e., parents' knowledge about children's daily experiences) was assessed in 7 evening telephone interviews. Results indicated that less well-monitored boys received lower grades than did other children. Less well-monitored boys in dual-earner families perceived their conduct more negatively than did other children, a pattern corroborated by parents' reports. The findings are discussed with regard to the importance of examining family processes in contrasting family ecologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-657
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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Crouter, Ann C. ; MacDermid, Shelley M. ; McHale, Susan Marie ; Perry-Jenkins, Maureen. / Parental Monitoring and Perceptions of Children's School Performance and Conduct in Dual- and Single-Earner Families. In: Developmental psychology. 1990 ; Vol. 26, No. 4. pp. 649-657.
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