The effects of peer norms and ethnic identity on academic achievement in urban minority students

Micaela Wire, Fordham University

Abstract

This study investigated the relationships among academic peer norms, students' ethnic identity, students' attitudes toward school, and academic achievement. Specifically, the researcher examined the relationship between academic peer norms and 2 criterion variables, students' academic achievement and students' attitude towards school and the potential moderating effect of ethnic identity on both. One hundred and seven subjects were recruited from a parochial middle school in an urban neighborhood and completed three self-report measures. Results revealed that academic peer norms were the only significant predictor of students' attitudes toward school. Analyses did not reveal significant relationships among any of the other variables, and no significant interaction effects were found to suggest moderation among the variables. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Wire, Micaela, "The effects of peer norms and ethnic identity on academic achievement in urban minority students" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3632144.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3632144

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