Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)



First Advisor

Lisa Kelly-Vance


Parental involvement has received a lot of attention for being a crucial part of a child's academic success. However, there are differences between the types of involvement seen in White, middle-class parents and types of involvement seen in Latino parents. These cultural differences, specifically acculturation to the dominant culture have had an impact on children's academic success. Unfortunately, there is little knowledge regarding the relationship between acculturation and the types of parental involvement seen in the Latino population. Therefore, the present research examines the relationship between acculturation and parental involvement in Latino parents by analyzing parent responses on questionnaires. Results suggest that both Anglo and Latino parents are involved mostly in homework help, reading, and providing general support. However, Latino parents tend to be more involved in these activities compared to Anglo parents. On the other hand, Anglo parents tend to be more involved in school and extracurricular activities compared to Latino parents. Implications for school psychologists are also discussed.


An EdS Project Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in School Psychology University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2008 Casie Olsen