Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Education, Sociology of.


Egbo, B.




This exploratory descriptive study reports survey data from a sample of 40 parents whose adolescent children (ages 12--14) participated in a service learning project, the Kids Alliance Project (KAP) in Windsor, Ontario. It sought to determine how parents supported their children in this school based community initiative and explored factors associated with parental involvement. These were social support, family coping, family problem solving, parental satisfaction and attitude toward service. Main findings indicated that the sample mirrored resilient parents as noted in the literature. They held positive attitudes toward service, and reported positive support and coping abilities. They were also slightly better educated than their neighbours. Most were employed. They supported their children more indirectly than directly. When parents were separated into high and low parental involvement groups, a discriminant function analysis using seven variables led to a high degree of accurate classification. Specifically, the analyses were able to correctly classify 80% of the parents when examining overall parental involvement and 85% of the parent when examining direct parental involvement. This study lays groundwork for further research in this area. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .H65. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 0904. Adviser: Benedicta Egbo. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.