Maternal Management of Social Relationships as a Correlate of Children’s School-Based Experiences

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anne C. Fletcher, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: We tested a model considering the manner in which mothers’ use of their own social relationships and efforts to facilitate their children’s school-based social relationships were associated with two distinct types of school-based competence: academic achievement and levels of stress experienced within the school environment. Fourth grade children (n = 311) and their mothers participated in interviews and completed questionnaires providing information on social relationships and school experiences. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analyses indicated a good fit for a model in which mothers’ efforts to facilitate children’s social relationships with peers were associated with lower levels of school-based stress, but mothers’ efforts to maintain social connections with the parents of their children’s school friends were linked with lower levels of objectively measured academic achievement.

Additional Information

Publication
School Community Journal, 20(2), 159-182.
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
maternal, mothers, management, social, relationships, stress, closure, children, students, structural equation modeling, SEM, correlation, experiences, networks, facilitation, friendships, achievement, peers, parents