Abel, Y. (2012). African American Fathers’ Involvement in their Children’s School-based Lives. Journal Of Negro Education, 81(2), 162-172.
This research investigated African American fathers’ involvement in the school-based lives of their elementary-aged children using the Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler model of parent involvement and Epstein’s framework of involvement. Questionnaires were administered to 101 African American males in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Multiple regression analyses found predictive relationships between attitudes and behaviors that influence African American fathers’ decisions to be involved and the types of involvement related to the child’s schooling. Results revealed significant findings for (a) Invitations from Others and home-school communication, (b) Fathers’ Life Context and school-based parent involvement, and (c) Fathers’ Life Context and Invitations from Others and the overall parent involvement score. Implications for the field of family involvement are discussed.
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