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Parent involvement in school: English speaking versus Spanish speaking families.
Spanish Journal of Psychology (2012)
  • Sang-Min Lee
  • Antoinette R Thorn
  • Susana C. Bloomdahl, Murray State University
  • Jung Hee
  • Jayoung Lee
The purpose of the present study was to explore the relationships between three predictor variables (attitude toward school, parent-child communication, and school commitment action) and the criterion variable (parent involvement) in a representative sample and to examine if these relationships were consistent across three groups (English speaking Caucasian family, English speaking Latino family, and Spanish speaking Latino families). Using a national database (N = 9.841), multi-group SEM analyses were conducted to investigate the relationship between three predictor variables and the criterion variable in three family groups. While all three predictor variables significantly predicted parent involvement in English speaking Caucasian and Latino families, only two variables (parent-child communication and school commitment actions), significantly predicted parent involvement in Spanish speaking Latino families. The results of this study suggest that when administrators, teachers and counselors in school strive to share specific school-related information with Latino families, Spanish speaking families are more likely to become involved with schools.
Publication Date
July, 2012
Citation Information
Sang-Min Lee, Antoinette R Thorn, Susana C. Bloomdahl, Jung Hee, et al.. "Parent involvement in school: English speaking versus Spanish speaking families." Spanish Journal of Psychology Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2012)
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