Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Committee Chair

Best, Latrica Evette

Author's Keywords

Parental engagement; Immigrant children; Process indicators; Children of immigrants; Academic self-efficacy; Education attainment expectation


Home and school; Parenting; Children of immigrants--Education; Academic achievement--Social aspects


With the increase of immigration to the United States, immigrant children have a unique position in the education system. Immigrant parents influence their children through different academic engagement practices. It is important to understand how parents impact students' academic experiences. Employing the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, statistical analyses evaluated a sample of 2,514 high school sophomore immigrant students. The impact of parental engagement on the dependent variables were also compared between native language groups to learn whether or not specific cultural engagement practices impact student self-efficacy and attainment expectation differently. Findings revealed that parental engagement impacts academic self-efficacy and educational attainment expectation. Native language group differences indicated that the impact of parental engagement on the dependent variables was often greater for the Asian groups than Spanish and English speaking immigrants. Educators can use the information gained from this study to help immigrant parents improve their children's academic experiences.