Barriers and facilitators to school-based parent involvement for parents of urban public middle school students

Kantahyanee W. Murray, Nadine Finigan-Carr, Vanya Jones, Nikeea Copeland-Linder, Denise L. Haynie, Tina L. Cheng

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Abstract

Using semistructured interviews, we explored barriers and facilitators to school-based parent involvement (SBPI) in a sample of predominately African American parents (N = 44) whose children attended urban public middle schools. Barriers to SBPI (e.g., perceptions of hostile parent–teacher interactions and aggressive, disrespectful students in the school) were more commonly reported than facilitators (e.g., child invitations for involvement). Findings suggest that parents’ motivations for engaging in SBPI may be undermined by a variety of barriers, resulting in low participation. Implications and tailored strategies for enhancing SBPI in this population are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAGE Open
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Middle schools
  • Parent participation
  • Urban
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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