Interparental conflict and the mediating effects of school related parenting on adolescent academic outcomes

Open Access
Topash, Lauren T
Area of Honors:
Human Development and Family Studies
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Gregory M Fosco, Thesis Supervisor
  • Charles Geier, Honors Advisor
  • Interparental conflict
  • academics
  • parenting
  • adolescence
Parents play a large role in a child’s academic success. There are a variety of ways in which parents can influence academic outcomes, including parental involvement in the child’s academic life. Prior research has demonstrated that parenting can be impacted by multiple factors, such as, interparental conflict. Overall, previous research on academic related parental involvement is limited. This is especially true when examining factors that can alter this type of parental involvement. Uncovering what impacts parenting behaviors in relation to child academic outcomes is important because academic success in childhood and adolescence has the ability to impact the rest of their adult life. Using longitudinal data from the Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience project (PROSPER), this study examines the influence of interparental conflict on child academic outcomes through parent academic involvement. Results show that interparental conflict impacts child academic outcomes through father academic involvement.