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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and
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Cynthia Hudley and Adele E. Gottfried

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.001.0001

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Sources of Influence on the College Goals, Sexual Behavior, and Childbearing Attitudes of Latina Girls in Alternative High Schools

Sources of Influence on the College Goals, Sexual Behavior, and Childbearing Attitudes of Latina Girls in Alternative High Schools

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(p.99) 5 Sources of Influence on the College Goals, Sexual Behavior, and Childbearing Attitudes of Latina Girls in Alternative High Schools
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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and Adolescence
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Laura F. Romo

Claudia Kouyoumdjian

Marguerita Lightfoot

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.003.0005

Research studies have revealed that educational goals and academic motivation are linked to adolescents' sexual behavior and attitudes. Teenage pregnancy and early parenthood diminishes the chances that adolescents will succeed in school. This chapter aims to identify several sources of influence on the educational goals of this vulnerable student population to be able to suggest ways to increase the girls' expectancies to succeed in school, thus, creating a positive impact on their academic achievements and sexual health decisions as well. Two influences that are discussed in detail are the influence of perceived peer and parental attitudes towards early childbearing. Also, the data that examines the educational goals of low-achieving girls attending an alternative school facilitates an investigation on the intersection of the alternative school culture and home culture and its impact on adolescent childbearing attitudes and academic motivation.

Keywords:   teenage pregnancy, sexual behavior, early parenthood, childbearing, alternative school, home culture, academic motivation

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