Single parenthood, parental involvement and students’ educational outcomes in Hong Kong

Ka Lok Adam CHEUNG, Hyunjoon PARK

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Abstract

Analyzing data from the Programme for International Student Assessment Hong Kong 2009 and 2012 (n = 7,669), we examined the differences in socioeconomic characteristics of fathers and mothers and levels of parental involvement between two-parent, single-mother, and single-father families in Hong Kong. We found that parents from single-mother and single-father families fare differently in terms of sociodemographic background and parental involvement at home. We also investigated the differences in students’ academic performance among these families. Past studies failed to find any significant effect of single parenthood on students’ academic performance in Hong Kong. We found negative effects of single fatherhood, but not single motherhood, on educational outcomes. The disadvantages of single fatherhood are partially explained by the poorer sociodemographic background and lower levels of parental involvement. Copyright © 2016 Routledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-40
JournalMarriage & Family Review
Volume52
Issue number1-2
Early online dateSep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Citation

Cheung, A. K.-L., & Park, H. (2016). Single parenthood, parental involvement and students’ educational outcomes in Hong Kong. Marriage & Family Review, 52(1-2), 15-40.

Keywords

  • Academic achievement
  • Hong Kong
  • Parental involvement
  • Single-father families
  • Single-parent families