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Parenting Profiles of Academic and Racial Socialization: Associations with Academic Engagement and perception of Academic Ability of African American Adolescents
by Metzger, Isha W., M.A., University of South Carolina, 2011, 76; 1503311
Abstract (Summary)

Studies have indicated that both academic and racial socialization are independently associated with African American student outcomes. Few investigations, however, have utilized a person-centered approach to explore whether these dimensions work in concert. The current investigation examines two dimensions of parental socialization practices: academic socialization (parent school involvement and academic encouragement) and racial socialization (racial pride, racial barrier, and egalitarian messages) and their relationship to demographic variables (age, gender, and SES) and academic outcomes (academic engagement and perception of academic ability) for African American adolescents. Participants were one-hundred forty African American adolescents (M = 12.4; SD = 1.13; 56% female). A Latent Class Analysis identified that a 6-class solution fit the data most optimally (AIC=1592.53; BIC=1710.20; BLRT=769.76, p =.013; Entropy=.87). Identified clusters were: 1) high academic/moderate racial socializers; 2) high non race-specific socializers; 3) high racial barrier socializers; 4) low racial and academic socializers; 5) moderate academic and racial socializers; and 6) high racial/moderate academic socializers (Figure 3.1). Although there was no demographic (age, gender, SES) variation in cluster membership, there was partial support for cluster differences in academic engagement and perception of academic ability. Overall, findings suggest the importance of examining the ways in which academic and racial socialization work in concert, and their association with adolescents' academic outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cooper, Shauna M.
Commitee: Kloos, Bret, White-Johnson, Rhonda
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Clinical-Comm. Psyc.
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Educational psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Academic engagement, Academic socialization, African-Americans, Parenting, Perception of academic ability, Racial socialization
Publication Number: 1503311
ISBN: 978-1-267-08333-3
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