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American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, 2(1), 13-17
DOI: 10.12691/education-2-1-3
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College Students’ Perceptions of Relations with Parents and Academic Performance

Kerry A. Schwanz1, , Linda J. Palm1, Crystal R. Hill-Chapman2 and Samuel F. Broughton2

1Department of Psychology, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, USA

2Department of Psychology, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina, USA

Pub. Date: January 06, 2014

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Kerry A. Schwanz, Linda J. Palm, Crystal R. Hill-Chapman and Samuel F. Broughton. College Students’ Perceptions of Relations with Parents and Academic Performance. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(1):13-17. doi: 10.12691/education-2-1-3


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 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.

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