Family, motivational and behavioural links to Indigenous Australian adolescents’ achievement

Boon, Helen J (2008) Family, motivational and behavioural links to Indigenous Australian adolescents’ achievement. In: Proceedings of AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference. From: Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?, 25-29 November, 2007, Fremantle, WA, Australia.

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Abstract

The role of parenting variables, including strictness/supervision and warmth and involvement, were examined in relation to school achievement and cognitive and behavioural characteristics among an urban sample of 112 Indigenous Australian adolescents. Structural equation modelling procedures tested the predictive role of parenting variables for mastery motivation, self-efficacy, behaviour problems and achievement outcomes while controlling for SES variables. Previous findings concerning the mediation role played by mastery motivation and by self-efficacy were replicated for urban Indigenous adolescents and synthesized into a unified model. Results support the role of self-efficacy in mediating parenting variables and mastery motivation upon academic outcomes. Parenting characterized by high levels of warmth, involvement and strictness/supervision was found to be significantly linked to higher achievement outcomes and lower levels of problem behaviours while the converse was indicated for parenting low in these dimensions. The study suggests that parenting variables protect against problem behaviours and promote academic resilience in urban Indigenous adolescents.

Item ID: 2048
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1324-9339
Keywords: parenting, Indigenous adolescent students, academic achievement, problem behaviour and socioeconomic status (SES)
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ISSN 1324-9320 (CD Version); 1324-9339 (WWW Version)

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Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2009 02:28
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences @ 70%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
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