Original Articles

Parental Involvement and Children's Academic Achievement in a South Africa Setting

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 2, 2008 , pages: 275–278
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820197
Author(s): Olaniyi BojuwoyeUniversity of the Western Cape,, Mageshni NarainUniversity of Kwazulu Natal,


The study ascertained the association between parental involvement and academic achievement of high school students. Structured questionnaire was the main instrument employed to gather information from 115 parents (men = 25; women = 90; age range = 28–45 years) and their 115 children (boys = 38; girls = 77; age range = 15–18 years). Correlation analysis was used to estimate the extent of association between parental involvement and their children's academic achievement. Parental involvement positively correlated with students' academic achievement. Children of parents involved in the home-based learning support activities and direct communication with their children had superior school grades than those from less involved parents.

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