The Mediating Role of Parental Involvement in the Relationship Between Distance to School and Academic Achievement

Gina Penly Hall, University at Albany

ABSTRACT
Previous research examining levels of academic achievement among children and adolescents specifies the importance of parental involvement at home and in school-related activities. Various types of involvement have been shown to mediate the effect of socio-demographic factors on achievement. Using data from the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), this paper examines the hypothesis that notwithstanding these factors, the distance between school and home impedes the ability of parents to be actively involved in their child's school-related affairs; in turn, negatively impacting academic achievevment.

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