Author(s)

John Chillem

Date Approved

7-8-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Academic achievement;Dysfunctional families

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Higher incidences of academic deficiency resulting from previous adverse circumstances in the home environment were investigated. A review of Bronfrenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory illustrated the impact of the home environment on a child's development which can greatly influence academic achievement in later years. A vast collection of literature was compiled and presented to shed insight on implications surrounding adverse home environments. The current study examined associations between college students' retrospective ratings using the validated Risky Family Questionnaire and their concurrent academic achievement. The specific measures of distress in home environments under consideration included family conflict, parental divorce, inadequate parenting styles, and low social economic status (SES). The process of how these adverse factors relate to academic achievement is discussed. Lastly, a brief proposal was put forth to call educational professional towards intervention strategies.

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