College Students' Perceptions of Relations with Parents and Academic Performance

Kerry A. Schwanz, Linda J. Palm, Crystal R. Hill-Chapman, Samuel F. Broughton
2014 American Journal of Educational Research  
The relationship between parent relations and college students' academic performance was examined in two studies using samples of students enrolled in two southeastern liberal arts universities (N = 466). T scores on the Relations with Parents subscale on the college version of the Behavior Assessment System for Children-2 served as the measure of student perception of parent relations and academic performance was measured using official university GPA and probation/suspension data. Results for
more » ... n data. Results for the first study indicated a significant positive correlation between parent relations scores and GPAs. Additionally a significant negative correlation was found between parent relations scores and probation/suspension status. When gender differences were examined, parent relations scores accounted for more variance in academic performance for women than men. Systematic replication of the study at a nearby liberal arts university produced findings congruent with the initial investigation. Implications for college personnel who work with academically at-risk students are discussed.
doi:10.12691/education-2-1-3 fatcat:kl4ih3rsrvfpvhi2pic3kc4uia