ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, MENTAL HEALTH AND PARENTING PRACTICES OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • SARWAT SULTAN
  • MARTİN HAGGER
  • IRSHAD HUSSAİN
Keywords: Parenting Practices, Mental Health, Academic Performance, Elementary School Children, Monitoring, Social Etiquettes, Personality Development

Abstract

The study explored the effects of parenting practices on mental health of elementary school students and their academic performance by comparing parents-reported and students’reported parenting practices. The study consisted of a sample of 246 students of 12-15 years’ of age taken from seven elementary schools of Multan by using multi-stage convenience sampling technique. The students filled-in three questionnaires measuring eight dimensions of parenting. The Parenting Practices Scales, Academic Performance Rating Scale, and Children Mental Health Scale, while the parents of sampled students completed only the parenting dimensions of questionnaire. The results indicated positively significant relationship of mental health of students and academic performance with six parenting dimensions out of eight; monitoring, trust, time together, disclosure, negotiation, and consistency, while negative relationship with parent/students conflict and parental punishment. Standardized regression model demonstrated that mental health of students and their academic performance are significantly predicted by all parental practices except punishment and parent/student conflict. Comparison between parents-reported and students’ reported parenting practices showed positively correlated responses of the both. However, the students’-reported parenting practices were found more closely associated with their academic performance and mental health as compared to that of parents’reported practices.

Published
2015-06-25