Date

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Adviser

Johnson, Heather B.

Abstract

What is the influence of parents on college students' grades? While social capital from parents, through the lens of parental involvement, has been used in research of both primary and secondary schools, it has not been fully examined at the undergraduate level. 172 undergraduate students at Lehigh University were given a survey to see what influence social capital from parents may have on their grades. Social Capital was measured as parental involvement. The main hypothesis is that while some parental involvement will be beneficial to students, it will reach a point, which will actually be harmful to the students' grades. This hypothesis was tested using a Structural Equation Model; the effects of class year and gender were also examined. The main finding was that parental involvement has both a positive and negative influence on students' grades. Females had more non-academic parental involvement and freshmen and sophomores had higher GPAs.

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