Parental Involvement is proven to help children reach a higher success rate in many areas of their life (Jeynes, 2005). When parents are involved in their child’s life and encourage learning, there is potential for the child to understand the importance of their education and grow to enjoy learning (Gaunt, 2018). Children start learning from the time they are born and parents/caregivers are proven to be one of their largest influencers (Weigel et al., 2005). Parents may not be involved in their child’s life for various reasons, but this act has the potential to hurt their child in more ways than one (Kirkwood, 2016). There is a long list of reasons as to why parents should strive to be involved in everything their child is learning and taking part in. Not only does parental involvement benefit the child, there are also benefits for the parents and educators as well (Larocque, Kleiman & Darling, 2011). While every culture and social class does things differently, parental involvement is still proven to have some form of importance in every child’s life. Parental involvement is a key part of the overall development that helps mold children into the success stories they have the potential to be (Topor et al., 2010). The various authors of the research that was conducted presented results that come to the main conclusion that children who have involved parents were more likely to have higher levels of achievement in various areas than those children who had uninvolved parents (Park & Holloway, 2017).

Keywords: involved, potential, encouragement, development.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2018

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Jeanetta Riley

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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