Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

Family Distance Regulation and School Engagement in Middle-School-Aged Children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2012

Journal Title

Family Relations

Volume

61

Issue

2

First Page

192

Last Page

206

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00698.x

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore how family distance regulation and other family demographic factors influence parenting behavior and family routines, which, in turn, influences the child's school engagement. The data from the project came from a larger study conducted in a large Northwestern urban area and included both two-parent and single-parent families. These two family structures were compared in order to emphasize that it is the foundational family process of family distance regulation that supports other parenting practices as well as chronic stress that leads to school engagement regardless of the number of parents in the household. Implications for practice and the results of this study in relation to previous literature are discussed.

Keywords

Family distance regulation, middle-school-aged youth, parental involvement, school engagement

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