Single Parenthood, Parental Involvement and Students? Educational Outcomes in Hong Kong

Adam Ka-Lok Cheung, Hyunjoon Park

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    Analyzing data from the Programme for International Student Assessment Hong Kong 2009 and 2012 (n = 7,669), we examined the differences in socioeconomic characteristics of fathers and mothers and levels of parental involvement between two-parent, single-mother, and single-father families in Hong Kong. We found that parents from single-mother and single-father families fare differently in terms of sociodemographic background and parental involvement at home. We also investigated the differences in students’ academic performance among these families. Past studies failed to find any significant effect of single parenthood on students’ academic performance in Hong Kong. We found negative effects of single fatherhood, but not single motherhood, on educational outcomes. The disadvantages of single fatherhood are partially explained by the poorer sociodemographic background and lower levels of parental involvement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-40
    Number of pages26
    JournalMarriage and Family Review
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2016

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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