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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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To compile these bibliographies our family engagement team searched the electronic databases ERIC, Education Abstracts, PsychINFO, SocioFILE, Current Contents, and Dissertation Abstracts using combinations of the keywords “parent,” “family,” “home,” “teacher,” and  “school.” We further revised our searches using specific terms such as “family school relationships,” “parent teacher cooperation,” “teacher training,” and “family involvement.” We read abstracts from this initial list of publications, selecting empirical studies relating to family involvement that were conducted primarily within the United States.

Please note that this compilation is not reviewed, nor does it represent the universe of recent family involvement research. We therefore invite member suggestions for additions to our listing. To make suggestions, please contact FINE at

2014 Publications2013 Publications  |  2012 Publications  |  2011 Publications  |  2010 Publications  |  2009 Publications


Year 2014 Publications

Journal Articles

Froiland, J. M., & Davison, M. L. (2014). Parental expectations and school relationships as contributors to adolescents’ positive outcomes. Social Psychology of Education, 17(1), 1-17. doi:10.1007/s11218-013-9237-3

Ngwaru, J. M. (2014). Promoting children’s sustainable access to early schooling in Africa: Reflections on the roles of parents in their children’s early childhood care and education. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2014(146), 61-76. doi:10.1002/cad.20073

O’Sullivan, R. H., Chen, Y., & Fish, M. C. (2014). Parental mathematics homework involvement of low-income families with middle school students. School Community Journal, 24(2), 165-187. Retrieved from

Shumow, L., & Schmidt, J. A. (2014). Parent engagement in science with ninth graders and with students in higher grades. School Community Journal, 24(1), 17-36. Retrieved from

Wang, M., Hill, N. E., & Hofkens, T. (2014). Parental involvement and African American and European American adolescents’ academic, behavioral, and emotional development in secondary school. Child Development, 85(6), 2151-2168. doi:10.1111/cdev.12284

Wang, M., & Sheikh-Khalil, S. (2014). Does parental involvement matter for student achievement and mental health in high school? Child Development, 85(2), 610-625. doi:10.1111/cdev.12153

Dissertations and Theses

Shajith, B. (2012). Bringing parents to school: The effect of invitations from school, teacher, and child on parental involvement in middle schools (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3538298)

Books/Book Chapters

Steinberg, L. (2014). Age of opportunity: Lessons from the new science of adolescence. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Year 2013 Publications

Journal Articles

Bergman, D. (2013). Comparing the effects of suburban and urban field placements on teacher candidates' experiences and perceptions of family engagement in middle and high schools. School Community Journal, 23(2), 87–112. Retrieved from

Park, S., & Holloway, S. D. (2013). No parent left behind: Predicting parental involvement in adolescents' education within a sociodemographically diverse population. The Journal of Educational Research, 106(2), 105–119. Retrieved from

Dissertations and Theses

Wells, E. S. (2013). Components of family engagement programs in Evansville, Indiana, middle schools that impact parent participation and student success (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3589592)


Year 2012 Publications

Journal Articles

Brooks, F. M., Magnusson, J., Spencer, N., & Morgan, A. (2012). Adolescent multiple risk behaviour: An asset approach to the role of family, school and community. Journal of Public Health, 34(suppl 1), i48–i56. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fds001

Van Ryzin, M. J., Stormshak, E. A., & Dishion, T. J. (2012). Engaging parents in the family check-up in middle school: Longitudinal effects on family conflict and problem behavior through the high school transition. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(6), 627–633. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.10.255

Wang, M. T., & Eccles, J. S. (2012). Social support matters: Longitudinal effects of social support on three dimensions of school engagement from middle to high school. Child Development, 83(3), 877–895. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01745.x

Williams, T., & Sánchez, B. (2012).  Parental involvement (and uninvolvement) at an inner-city high school.  Urban Education, 47(3). Retrieved from


Year 2011 Publications

Dissertations and Theses

LeBlanc, J. (2011). School administrator and parent perceptions of school, family, and community partnerships in middle school: A mixed methods study (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3451825)

Research Briefs, Papers, and Reports

United Way Worldwide & Harvard Family Research Project (2011). The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit: Planning and implementing an initiative to support the pathway to graduation for at-risk students. Retrieved from:


Year 2010 Publications          

Journal Articles

Bhattacharya, A. (2010). Children and adolescents from poverty and reading development: A research review. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 26(2), 115–139. doi:10.1080/10573560903547445.

Frenzel, A. C., Goetz, T., Pekrun, R., & Watt, H. M. G. (2010). Development of mathematics interest in adolescence: Influences of gender, family, and school context. Journal of Research on Adolescence (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 20(2), 507–537. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00645.x

Goncy, E. A., & van Dulmen, M. H. M. (2010). Fathers do make a difference: Parental involvement and adolescent alcohol use. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice about Men as Fathers, 8(1), 93–108. doi:10.3149%2Ffth.0801.93

Lanza, H. I., & Taylor, R. D. (2010). Parenting in moderation: Family routine moderates the relation between school disengagement and delinquent behaviors among African American adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(4), 540–547. doi:10.1037/a0021369

Parmar, P., & Rohner, R. P. (2010). Perceived teacher and parental acceptance and behavioral control, school conduct, and psychological adjustment among school-going adolescents in India. Cross-Cultural Research, 44(3), 253–268. doi:10.1177/1069397110367613

Stanard, P., Belgrave, F. Z., Corneille, M. A., Wilson, K. D., & Owens, K. (2010). Promoting academic achievement: The role of peers and family in the academic engagement of African American adolescents. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 38(3), 198–212. doi:10.1080/10852352.2010.486298

Strayhorn, T. L. (2010). The role of schools, families, and psychological variables on math achievement of Black high school students. High School Journal, 93(4), 177–194.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Onaga, M., & Lardemelle, C. (2010). Promoting academic engagement among immigrant adolescents through school–family–community collaboration. Professional School Counseling, 14(1), 15–26.

Tulviste, T., & Rohner, R. P. (2010). Relationships between perceived teachers’ and parental behavior and adolescent outcomes in Estonia. Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science, 44(3), 222–238. doi:10.1177/1069397110366797

Warner, C. H. (2010). Emotional safeguarding: Exploring the nature of middle-class parents' school involvement. Sociological Forum, 25(4), 703–724. doi:10.1111/j.1573-7861.2010.01208.x

Dissertations and Theses

Bollinger, S. M. (2010). FAME: Families Achieving Mathematical Excellence—the process of developing a family involvement program for a western rural middle school serving American Indian students (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3403032)

Britten, R. R. (2010). Families' and teachers' perceptions of family involvement at the high school level (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3369633)

Research Briefs, Papers, and Reports

Bottoms, G. (2010). Summer strategies for successful transitions from middle to high school. Retrieved from

Bridgeland, J. M., Balfanz, R., Moore, L. A., & Friant, R. S. (2010). Raising their voices: Engaging students, teachers, and parents to help end the high school dropout epidemic. Retrieved from

Conley, D. T., McGaughy, C. L., Kirtner, J., van der Valk, A., & Martinez-Wenzl, M. (2010, April). College readiness practices at 38 high schools and the development of the CollegeCareerReady School Diagnostic Tool. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado. Retrieved from

Southern Regional Education Board. (2010). High Schools that Work: Implementing strategies to achieve successful student transitions. Retrieved from


Year 2009 Publications

Journal Articles

Barron, B., Martin, C. K., Takeuchi, L., & Fithian, R. (2009). Parents as learning partners in the development of technological fluency. The International Journal of Learning and Media, 1, 55-77.

Carranza, F. D., You, S., Chhuon, V., & Hudley, C. (2009). Mexican American adolescents' academic achievement and aspirations: The role of perceived parental educational involvement, acculturation, and self-esteem. Adolescence, 44(174), 313–333.

Chen, W., & Gregory, A. (2009). Parental involvement as a protective factor during the transition to high school. Journal of Educational Research, 103(1), 53–62.

Cripps, K., & Zyromski, B. (2009). Adolescents’ psychological well-being and perceived parental involvement: Implications for parental involvement in middle schools. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 33(4), 1–13.

Crosnoe, R. (2009). Family–school connections and the transitions of low-income youths and English language learners from middle school to high school. Developmental Psychology, 45(4), 1061–1076. doi:10.1037/a0016131

Hill, N. B., & Tyson, D. F. (2009). Parental involvement in middle school: A meta-analytic assessment of the strategies that promote achievement. Developmental Psychology, 45(3), 740–763. doi:10.1037/a0015362

Levpuscek, M. P., & Zupancic, M. (2009). Math achievement in early adolescence: The role of parental involvement, teachers' behavior, and students' motivational beliefs about math. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 29(4), 541–570. doi:10.1177/0272431608324189

Murray, C. (2009). Parent and teacher relationships as predictors of school engagement and functioning among low-income urban youth. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 29(3), 376–404. doi:10.1177/0272431608322940

Niemeyer, A. E., Wong, M. M., & Westerhaus, K. J. (2009). Parental involvement, familismo, and academic performance in Hispanic and Caucasian adolescents. North American Journal of Psychology, 11(3), 613–631.

Simons-Morton, B., & Rusan, C. (2009). Peer and parent influences on school engagement among early adolescents. Youth & Society, 41(1), 3–25.

Spera, C., Wentzel, K. R., & Matto, H. C. (2009). Parental aspirations for their children’s educational attainment: Relations to ethnicity, parental education, children’s academic performance, and parental perceptions of school climate. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 38(8), 1140–1152. doi:10.1007/s10964-008-9314-7

Zhao, H., & Akiba, M. (2009). School expectations for parental involvement and student mathematics achievement: A comparative study of middle schools in the US and South Korea. Compare: A Journal of Comparative & International Education, 39(3), 411–428. doi:10.1080/03057920701603347

Dissertations and Theses

Tan, C. S. (2009). Early adolescents' perceptions of parental involvement and academic pressure in Chinese immigrant families (Master’s thesis). University of California, Los Angeles.

Simpson, F. (2009). An analysis of factors that influence success in a low socioeconomic Georgia middle school (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3352207)

Wilkenfeld, B. (2009). A multilevel analysis of context effects on adolescent civic engagement: The role of family, peers, school, and neighborhood (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3359321)

Research Briefs, Papers, and Reports

Bandy, T., & Anderson Moore, K. (2009). Non-participation of children and adolescents in out-of-school time programs: Child, family, and neighborhood factors (Research-to-Results Brief No. 2009-39). Washington, DC: Child Trends. Retrieved from

Bridgeland, J. M., DiIulio, Jr., J. J., & Balfanz, R. (2009). On the front lines of schools: Perspectives of teachers and principals on the high school dropout problem. Washington, DC: Civic Enterprises. Retrieved from

Christie, K., & Zinth, K. (2009). Ensuring successful student transitions from the middle grades to high school. Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States. Retrieved from

Terzian, M., Mbwana, K., & Trends, C. (2009). What works for parent involvement programs for adolescents: Lessons from experimental evaluations of social interventions (Fact Sheet No. 2009-48). Washington, DC: Child Trends. Retrieved from

Books/Book Chapters

Shumow, L. (Ed.) (2009). Promising practices for family and community involvement during high school. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


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