Social-ecological pathways to school motivation and future orientation of African American adolescents in Chicago

Jun Sung Hong, Jungup Lee, Robert Thornberg, Anthony A. Peguero, Tyreasa Washington, Dexter R. Voisin

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Guided by the social-ecological perspective, this study aims to explore how various social climates are associated with school motivation and the future orientation of 597 African American adolescents. We examined the direct and indirect effects of parent factors and school climate on future orientation through school motivation. School motivation was positively associated with a future orientation. Perceived parental expectations and teacher support were positively associated with their school motivation. However, bullying victimization was not negatively associated with school motivation, although greater perceived parental engagement and bullying victimization showed a more positive future orientation. Implications for research, practice, and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-395
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Center for Health Administration Studies and the STI/HIV Intervention Network at the University of Chicago, which were awarded to Dr. Dexter R. Voisin.

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© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Blacks
  • bullying victimization
  • future orientation
  • parental engagement
  • school motivation
  • teacher support


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