Date Approved

5-8-1997

Embargo Period

8-25-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Academic achievement; Children of single parents

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of thus study was to compare the impact household composition has on the academic achievement of elementary school students. The sample contained 83 third and fourth grade students from a small Southern New Jersey school district, 22 from single parent households, and 61 from two parent households. The grade point averages for reading, language and mathematics were recorded for two consecutive marking periods and the measuring device used was a paired sample t-test. The results of the study show a high correlation between household composition and academic achievement. The grade point averages of the students in two parent households were significantly higher than the grade point averages of the students in single parent households. The conclusions of the study show that household composition does have an impact on student academic achievement.

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