American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Parental Behaviors and Academic Achievement
Dr. Grace Ding

This study explores the perceived parental behaviors of parents of primary school children in Singapore, and their relationship to the academic achievement of their child. The results showed that there were differences in perceived parental behaviors between fathers and mothers. In general, mothers were perceived to be more nurturing than fathers, and more aware about their child’s daily activities and their daily needs. They were also more communicative with their child compared with the fathers. Results further showed that fathers who have tertiary education tend to have more warmth toward their child, regardless of the child’s gender. The results of the study provide useful insights into how school counselors can help underachievers in their academic performance. The findings are also useful for family counselors in their work with lower income families.

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