The Effect of Parent Child Communication in College on Self Esteem, Academic Achievement, and Happiness

Open Access
Booth, Paige Elizabeth
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Laurie Katherine Scheuble, Thesis Supervisor
  • Stacy Silver, Honors Advisor
  • Relationship with parents
  • happiness
  • self-esteem
  • academic achievement
This research examines the relationship between self-esteem, happiness, and academic achievement in college students and their relationship with their parents. Data were gathered using a convenience sample at a large Northeastern university (N=263) during the fall of 2014. The findings of the study show that there is no significant relationship between the college students’ relationship with their parents and grade point average, self-esteem and happiness. Parent’s marital status was a significant predictor of the quality of relationship with the father but not the mother. Women and those students with high levels of religiosity reported better relationships with their parents than their counterparts.