The relationship between parenting, acculturation, and adolescent academics in Mexican-origin immigrant families in Los Angeles

Scott W. Plunkett, Mayra Y. Bámaca-Gómez

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between gender, acculturation, parenting, and adolescents ' academic outcomes in Mexican-origin immigrant families. Self-report survey data were collected from adolescents attending three high schools in Los Angeles. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were conducted on the 273 adolescents (M = 15.5) whose parents were both born in Mexico. Girls reported higher academic motivation and educational aspirations. Substantial support was found for the positive relationship between mothers' and fathers' behaviors (ability to help, monitoring, support) and adolescents' academic motivation. Substantial support was found for the relationship between mothers 'and fathers' educational level, language spoken at home, and educational aspirations. Generation status was not related to the academic outcomes. Implications for researchers, practitioners, school personnel, and policy makers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-239
Number of pages18
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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