Family and individual correlates of academic goal orientations: social context differences in South Africa

Psychol Rep. 2000 Oct;87(2):373-80. doi: 10.2466/pr0.2000.87.2.373.


This study examined relationships between distal social contexts, parents' support for learning, self-concept, and adolescents' academic goal orientations. Data were collected from 435 female and 410 male 18-yr.-old South Africans. Multistage regression analyses indicated that family social status and rural/urban locality had unmediated relations with the adolescents' learning and performance goal orientations. In addition, parent and self-concept measures combined to have small independent associations with the adolescents' academic goal orientations.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Adolescent
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Self Concept
  • Social Class
  • South Africa
  • Surveys and Questionnaires