Successful African American Students: the Role of Parental Involvement”

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Yan, W. (1999) Successful African American Students: The Role of Parental Involvement. The Journal of Negro Education, 68 (1) 5-22

The article “ Successful African American Students: The Role of Parental Involvement” highlighted the correlation between the successful performance of African American students in school associated with positive parental involvement and socioeconomic status, social interactions and family structure .This article is motivated by two research questions in its attempt to address parental involvement effects and social capital theory. The stated effects that parental involvement had on the child academically, behaviorally and socially and the specific variables of the levels of social capital by comparing successful African American students to successful White and non-successful African American peers.

This study measures the theory of social capital through : parent-teen interactions, parent-school interactions, parent-parent interactions, and family norms. The majority of studies indicate that, African American students will more than likely come from lower socioeconomic status (SES) families than white students and normally, come from single parents who are less-educated parents. This study focuses on the correlation between successful African American students and higher earning African American parent social economic status.

Successful African American parents believe strongly in home and school-based involvement and positively intervene inside their children's schools more than White families, however, they possessed much lower parent-parent and parent-teen interaction than White families. Data for this study were drawn from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS: 88). The target group consisted of successful African American students and two comparison groups, one composed of successful White students and one composed of non-successful African American students. Although coming from...
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