Purpose: The present study aims to contribute towards an understanding of parental involvement and academic self-efficacy of adolescents in economically vulnerable families in India from an indigenous perspective.
Design/methodology/approach: Employing a dataset for the younger cohort from Round 5 of the Young Lives Study – an innovative international project exploring the lives of around 9000 children from economically disadvantaged families in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – questions around parental involvement and the adolescents’ sense of academic self-efficacy are examined. Data were analyzed using Linear Regression.
Findings: Findings support the hypothesis that an increase in parental involvement influences adolescents’ sense of academic self-efficacy.
Practical implications: As parental beliefs can be modified through training, understanding the relationship between children’s perception of parental involvement and self-efficacy can help streamline the efforts of teachers, educational psychologists, policymakers, and other professionals who design programs for encouraging parental involvement with lower socioeconomic status families.
Originality/value: The present study analyses a relatively large sample from India to examine the relationship between parental involvement and the academic self-efficacy of children, an area that has received scant attention in the literature. Further, the study extends the conceptualization of parental involvement to emphasize on ‘at-home’ involvement, that may be more feasible for parents from economically disadvantaged families.
Keywords: Adolescents, Parental Involvement, Self, Self-Efficacy, Young Lives Study