A1 Journal article (refereed)
A person-oriented approach to maternal homework involvement during the transition to lower secondary school (2022)

Tunkkari, M., Aunola, K., Hirvonen, R., Silinskas, G., & Kiuru, N. (2022). A person-oriented approach to maternal homework involvement during the transition to lower secondary school. Learning and Individual Differences, 97, Article 102164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2022.102164

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All authors or editors: Tunkkari, Mari; Aunola, Kaisa; Hirvonen, Riikka; Silinskas, Gintautas; Kiuru, Noona

Journal or series: Learning and Individual Differences

ISSN: 1041-6080

eISSN: 1873-3425

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 25/05/2022

Volume: 97

Article number: 102164

Publisher: Elsevier BV

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2022.102164

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81925


This study examined patterns of mothers' homework involvement (n = 680 in Grade 6 and 665 in Grade 7) and changes in them during 12-year-old Finnish adolescents' (n = 848; 391 boys) transition to lower secondary school. Moreover, the extent to which adolescents' motivational behavior and prior academic achievement predicted these patterns was examined. The latent transition analyses identified four relatively stable latent patterns of maternal homework involvement in Grades 6 and 7: averagely involved, psychologically controlling and intrusive, noninvolved, and intrusive monitoring and helping. The higher task avoidance and the poorer achievement adolescents showed, the more likely their mothers were to utilize a psychologically controlling and intrusive pattern, or an intrusive monitoring and helping pattern. Overall, these results suggest that some mothers may benefit from understanding of how to best support struggling and task-avoidant adolescents during the transition from primary to lower secondary school.

Keywords: upper comprehensive school pupils; homework; mothers; participation; helping; study performance; young people; parents; behavioural patterns; lower comprehensive school; upper comprehensive school

Free keywords: homework; maternal involvement; task avoidance; academic achievement

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Reporting Year: 2022

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