An Association Between Communication Levels and High Degrees of Education

Presenter:  Jacob O’Connor

Topic:  Education and Human Development

Abstract:  It has been shown that parental involvement in a child’s education can lead to much success in school. One key factor in parental involvement is communication. The purpose of this study is to support the literature on parental involvement in education and its benefits. We aim to determine if there is an association between highly positive communication levels and the highest degree a person earned. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) is analyzed. We examine association between participants rating of communication levels with their mother and father to the highest level of education a participant earns. We find an association between levels of satisfactory communication with a father figure and the highest level of education earned, but not with a mother figure. Implications of satisfactory communication levels and education benefits are discussed.

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