School Psychology Forum

Parent Educational Involvement When Children Have Chronic Health Conditions

Sarah A. Bassin, Jeffrey C. Schatz, W. Mark Posey, and Jessica A. Topor

Volume 4 Issue 3,

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ABSTRACT: The current study examines the relationships between home-based and school-based parent educational involvement and parent self-efficacy, teacher communication, and other factors, including parent time, energy, and social support. Most of these constructs were chosen from Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler’s (2005) framework for parent involvement. Self-report surveys from a group of 130 parents with healthy children were compared to a group of 93 parents with children who have chronic health conditions (CHC). Children were between 5 and 11 years old. CHC included Type I diabetes and bleeding disorders, primarily hemophilia. Overall results suggest that parent involvement is similar across groups. Specific findings also support a positive relationship between teacher communication and home-based involvement for both groups. This finding and other results may assist in further developing interventions to support parent involvement across groups.