PA084: Parental School Involvement for Immigrant Students: Is More Better

Friday, February 21, 2014 8:00 AM–8:50 AM


Parental school involvement is believed to have positive effects on students’ grades. Is this relationship true for immigrant students? We discuss the results of a study that indicates that not all types of involvement are beneficial. Participants will learn about differences in parental involvement in recently immigrated families from China, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Central America, and Haiti. We will also discuss theoretical perspectives that explain why more parental involvement does not necessarily produce better outcomes.


Megan C. Sy, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY