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Parental Involvement and Racial Socialization as Protective Factors for Aspirations and Achievement Among Low-Income, Black Adolescents

Bhattacharya, Sharika (2009) Parental Involvement and Racial Socialization as Protective Factors for Aspirations and Achievement Among Low-Income, Black Adolescents. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study explored the nature of parental involvement and racial socialization as potential protective factors for aspiration construction and achievement among low-income, Black adolescents. Qualitative data were used to assess the relationship between parental involvement, racial socialization, specificity of aspirations, and level of achievement. Additionally, racial identity was considered qualitatively and quantitatively as a potential mechanism through which racial socialization relates to adolescent aspirations and achievement. Participants were 26 student-parent dyads recruited from a low-income, urban fringe high school. All participants took part in semi-structured one-on-one interviews, and adolescents also completed The Multi-ethnic Identity Measure. Findings indicate that some differences exist in types of parental behavior, racial socialization, and aspects of racial identity between high and low achieving students. A relationship between adolescents' ability to construct aspirations and achievement was also evident. Implications of findings are discussed, in terms of how best to support aspirations and achievement of high-risk adolescents.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPizzolato,
Committee CoChairVondra, Joanvondra@pitt.eduVONDRA
Committee MemberHirsch, Amandahirscham@pitt.eduHIRSCHAM
Committee MemberBangs, Ralphrbangs@pitt.eduRBANGS
Date: 8 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 17 September 2008
Approval Date: 8 June 2009
Submission Date: 22 April 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent achievement; aspirations; high-risk; parental involvement; racial identity; racial socialization
Other ID:, etd-04222009-175700
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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