Parenting, time use, and adolescent achievement among black and white families


Lindsay, Constance & A (2008). Parenting, time use, and adolescent achievement among black and white families. 2008 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Using the ecological perspective, first developed by Bronfenbrenner (1979), I will consider the links between home and academic achievement as they are mediated through the way parents organize their children’s out of school time. The ecological perspective puts family management into a general framework, which realizes that family interactions with children are influenced by the social context in which the family is located. This study explores the following research questions: 1) Does neighborhood context influence parenting? Are there racial differences in parenting, controlling for neighborhood characteristics? 2) If there are differences, how do these differences relate to achievement outcomes? 3) Are these relationships moderated by time use? 4) In order to explore the question of variation, I will look to see if there are differences between high SES and low SES Black parents in children’s achievement. I exploit the fact the data I am using, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, over-samples highly educated Black families. I find little support for time use as mediator between neighborhood and achievement. However, results indicate that contextual influences on parenting may be the missing link in the literature on racial differences in parenting practices and styles.


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Conference proceeding

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2008 Add Health Users Conference


Lindsay, Constance

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Bethesda, MD

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