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Author: Ishak, Ragaa Hope Takla
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1. Ishak, Ragaa Hope Takla
Relation of Achievement to Religious Participation: Examination of the NLSY Archival Data
Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University, 2012
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Achievement; Religion; Religious Influences; Role Models; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT

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In communities of various socioeconomic levels, youths with low academic achievement may particularly benefit from role models. These role models may be family members, school teachers, or religious leaders. Although past research has examined the relationship between academic achievement and family factors, little research has examined community environment factors such as religious participation and community role models, on academic achievement. Guided by social cognitive theory, which indicates that cognitive abilities of attention, retention, and motivation could be modeled from participation in religious institutions, this quantitative study examined the extent to which religious participation, as measured through attendance rates, was related to achievement, as measured by scholastic achievement test (SAT) scores, among 765 youth records from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. General linear model analyses were conducted to examine the effect of religious attendance, moderated by income, on SAT scores. The results indicated that religious participation, for various socioeconomic levels, explained about 10% of the variance in SAT scores. The implications for social change include, for various socioeconomic groups, the promotion of parents' awareness of the benefits of religious participation in their preferred religious institution and the responsibility of such religious institutions to offer programs encouraging young people to seek higher education.
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Ishak, Ragaa Hope Takla. Relation of Achievement to Religious Participation: Examination of the NLSY Archival Data. Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University, 2012.