Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Charles Davis, PhD

Second Advisor

Emese Vitalis, PhD, MBA


The present study experimentally investigated Latino high school students’ grade point averages (GPA) and the parenting styles used by their parents based on Baumrind’s (1968, 1971, 1989, 1991) theory of parenting behaviors. Participants (N=52) were asked to take a survey of 62 questions total addressing three parenting dimensions as measured by the Escala Parental Breve to categorize their parents’ behaviors into parenting styles. Participants also responded to demographic questions such as English proficiency, household income, parents’ education level, and other relevant factors impacting parenting and GPA. Results from the study were limited as there was a limited number of participants; however, data trends were explored. The results indicate no significant relationship between Latino students’ GPAs and parenting styles. The majority of Latino parents were described by their high schoolers as engaging in protective and neglectful II parenting. Given the results, more research is needed about parenting in the Latino population from a cultural lens and understanding the relationship between parenting and GPA in these diverse communities.