Date of Award

5-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between 1) parental involvement within the home, and 2) parental involvement within the school, and to assess their impact on academic performance. To obtain this purpose, students were categorized as low and high achievers based on perceived grade point average. The level of parental involvement was categorized as high and low involvement, based on students’ responses. Fifty African-American student volunteers from Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland, California were selected from a subject population of one hundred and given a self administered questionnaire. A descriptive research design was used in the study. Results indicate that a significant relationship exists between overall parental involvement in both the home and the school, and academic performance. High achievers indicated a greater level of parent involvement in the home, while similar levels of involvement exists within the school.

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