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Help from the parent-teacher association to parenting efficacy: Beyond social status and informal social capital


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  • Cheung, Chau-kiu
  • Lam, Ching-man
  • Ngai, Steven Sek-yum
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    Objective Empirical research is required to shed light on the issue concerning the support the parent-teacher association (PTA) for parents of schoolchildren. It is to examine if the benefit stems from informal social capital arising from the PTA.Method A telephone survey collected data from parents whose children studied in a grade between Grades 4 and 9 in Hong Kong.Results The benefits of PTA membership and help were significant. However, the contribution of informal social capital to change in parenting efficacy was insignificant.Discussion Consequently, The benefit of the PTA is not attributable to informal social capital.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

    Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 1134-1152

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:3:p:1134-1152

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    1. Ngai, Steven Sek-yum & Cheung, Chau-kiu & To, Siu-ming & Liu, Ying & Song, Han-yu, 2013. "Parent–child relationships, friendship networks, and developmental outcomes of economically disadvantaged youth in Hong Kong," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 91-101.
    2. Fabio Sabatini, 2011. "Can a click buy a little happiness? The impact of business-to-consumer e-commerce on subjective well-being," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2011_12, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.


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