Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1992

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate self-esteem, family structure, quality of family life, and gender as they relate to academic achievement of seventh grade students. The sample consisted of 94 subjects. The following four independent variables were investigated: self-esteem, family structure, quality of family life, and gender. The dependent variables were the following SRA scores: Composite, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Reference Materials, Social Studies, and Science. / Four composite null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level. A total of 98 comparisons plus 98 recurring comparisons were made. Of the 98 comparisons, 28 were main effects and 70 were interactions. Of the 28 main effects, 9 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Of the 70 interactions, 10 were statistically significant at the .05 level. / The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. Self-esteem was associated with academic achievements, 2. Quality of family life was associated with academic achievement, 3. Family structure was associated with academic achievement, 4. Gender was associated with academic achievement, 5. Individuals with high self-esteem had greater achievement than individuals with low self-esteem for reference materials achievement, and 6. Interactions for family structure and gender for the dependent variable Social Studies, gender and self-esteem for the dependent variable Science; gender and self-esteem for the dependent variable Composite SRA; family structure and self-esteem for the dependent variable Reading; gender and self-esteem for the dependent variable Language Arts; gender and self-esteem for the dependent variable Mathematics; gender and self-esteem for the dependent variable Social Studies.

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Copyright 1992 Lisa K. Brookover

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