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Abstract: New immigrant parents in the United States face a challenge learning
to adjust to the American school culture and system. In the context of diverse immigration
circumstances, parents' capacity to navigate American schools also varies widely. Yet
should parents demonstrate engagement in their children's U.S. education, evidence shows
that such parental practices are associated with ... read moreoptimal child outcomes. Using the
construct of social capital to frame potentially advantageous practices across migration,
the purpose of this study was to help understand new immigrants and their social practices
in the U.S. and the home country. Using data from the 2003 New Immigrant Survey (Jasso,
Massey, Rosenzweig, & Smith, 2006), the study examined relationships between what
immigrant parents (N=1,215) reported practicing prior to migration and their reported
school involvement once in the U.S. Multinomial and logistic regression analyses revealed
participation in religious practice prior to migration to be a significant predictor for
increased odds of parental involvement at school and home.Considerations regarding
religion, human capital, and length of residency of new immigrants in the U.S. are
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Jayanthi Mistry.
Committee: Francine Jacobs, and Raymond Hyatt.
Keyword: Developmental Psychology.read less