Date Approved

8-1-1995

Embargo Period

9-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Academic achievement--United States; Parent and child--United States; Parenting--United States; Teenagers--Substance use--United States

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether correlations existed between parenting style, degree of supervision, risky behavior (substance use) and academic achievement. Subjects' responses were also summarized to develop a profile of the population's behaviors and attitudes.

The study was based on 57 high school seniors' responses to a 95-item questionnaire which they voluntarily completed during their home economics class at Woodstown High School in southern New Jersey.

Relationships were analyzed by applying the chi square test for independence using the critical value of alpha at .05. The results of this analysis indicated that the hypothesized relationships approached but did not reach significance. A positive relationship between parenting style and substance use and between degree of supervision and substance use was found at the critical value of alpha at .10.

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