Commitment to school and learning among youth in residential care: The role of mother and father support and parents' divorce

Fridman Teutsch Adi, Attar Schwartz Shalhevet

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Abstract

Commitment to school, commitment to learning, and educational expectations have been shown to contribute to positive outcomes among youth in the general population. However, it is an underexamined phenomenon among youth in care. This study examines the contribution of mother and father support and the moderating role of parents' marital status to commitment to school and learning among youth in residential care settings (RCSs) in Israel. The study was based on the reports of a random cluster sample of 1,409 adolescents (Grades 8 to 12) in 16 educational RCSs for youth from underprivileged backgrounds, who completed structured questionnaires. In line with social capital theories, the findings showed that, after controlling for youth background characteristics and grades at school, both father and mother support were linked positively with youth commitment to school and learning among the whole sample. The findings showed that although there was a positive significant relationship between father support and commitment to school and learning among youth in married-parent families, the link was insignificant among adolescent children of divorced parents. However, the interaction between divorce and mother support was insignificant. These findings highlight the importance of nurturing parent-youth relationships in RCSs and suggest circumstances in which father support is at risk to be less beneficial to youth in RCSsa risk that should be considered by the care system as a target for prevention and intervention programs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume89
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

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