Examining Socio-Cultural and Neighborhood Factors Associated with Trajectories of Mexican-Origin Mothers’ Education-Related Involvement

Sakshi Bhargava, Mayra Y. Bámaca-Colbert, Dawn P. Witherspoon, Eva Marie Pomerantz, Richard W. Robins

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Abstract

Parental involvement in education is an important determinant of youth’s academic success. Yet, there is limited knowledge on how Latino parents’ education-related involvement changes over time. Using data from a longitudinal study of 674 Mexican-origin families (mother-adolescent dyad; M age of child at Wave 1=10.4, SD = 0.60), we examined trajectories of parental involvement from 5 th to 11 th grade and the effects of socio-cultural (e.g., family SES and acculturation) and contextual (e.g., neighborhood) factors on these trajectories. Results showed that mothers reduced two aspects of the educational involvement: home-based involvement and academic aspirations, but increased on a third aspect of involvement, resource seeking. Furthermore, family SES, acculturation, and neighborhood context were differentially associated with mothers’ involvement at 5 th grade and predicted changes in involvement across elementary and high school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1789-1804
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Volume46
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Keywords

  • Academic aspirations
  • Acculturation
  • Home-based involvement
  • Neighborhood
  • Resource seeking
  • Socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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