Peer relationships, self-efficacy, academic motivation, and mathematics achievement in Zhuang adolescents: A moderated mediation model

Ling LI, Zhenfei PENG, Liucun LU, Huan LIAO, Hui LI

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Abstract

This study attempts to examine the mediating and moderating roles of self-efficacy and motivation in the relationship between peer relationships and mathematics achievement with a unique sample of 596 Zhuang adolescents (Female = 293; aged from 13 to 17), the largest ethnic minority group in China. They were surveyed about peer relationships, self-efficacy, motivation, and tested with PISA Mathematics (2008). The results indicated that: (1) females’ peer relationships and motivation levels were higher than males; (2) peer relationships had a significantly positive effect on mathematics achievement; (3) academic motivation played a mediating role between peer relationship and mathematics achievement; and (4) self-efficacy played a moderating role in the path of female peers' relationship to motivation. The implications for educational development for ethnic adolescents are also discussed. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105358
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume118
Early online dateAug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Citation

Li, L., Peng, Z., Lu, L., Liao, H., & Li, H. (2020). Peer relationships, self-efficacy, academic motivation, and mathematics achievement in Zhuang adolescents: A moderated mediation model. Children and Youth Services Review, 118, Article 105358. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105358

Keywords

  • Peer relationships
  • Mathematics achievement
  • Motivation
  • Self-efficacy

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