Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1986

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

An investigation of family structure, family happiness, and academic achievement was conducted. The subjects for this study were 264 elementary and junior high students from one school. Three instruments were used: SRA Achievement Test, Personal Attribute Inventory for Children-Family, and a Student's Information Sheet. The researcher tested 14 hypotheses at the .05 level of significance. Analyses of variance and Bonferroni multiple comparison tests of means were employed to compare SRA growth scale scores according to family structure, SRA growth scale scores according to family happiness, family happiness scores according to family structure, family happiness scores according to Intervals of time since divorce was experienced, and SRA growth scale scores according to intervals of time since divorce vas experienced. The results of this study indicated that family structure did not significantly affect academic achievement. This study also indicated that family happiness did not affect the academic achievement of students in Grades 4 through 8. According to this study, family structure seemed to significantly affect family happiness. Family happiness of students from divorced homes did not seem to be significantly affected by the number of years since the divorce was experienced. A significant difference was found in the level of academic achievement attained by students who had experienced divorce. As Indicated by the results of this study, the academic achievement of the students who had experienced divorce four to seven years before the study was significantly lower than the academic achievement of the students who had experienced divorce eight or more years prior to the study.

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Copyright 1986 Peggy Volker

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