Studying the Impact of Parental Involvement on College Student Development: A Review and Agenda for Research

  • Linda J. SaxEmail author
  • Katherine Lynk Wartman
Part of the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research book series (HATR, volume 25)


Although parental involvement in higher education has received significant attention on college campuses and by the media, this topic has received scarce consideration in the empirical literature on college student development. The chapter begins with a review of theoretical concepts and methodologies used in research on parental involvement in higher education. Next, the chapter reviews relevant findings from this body of work, both quantitative and qualitative. Finally, the chapter concludes by proposing a research agenda to advance our understanding of the implications of this phenomenon for college students, researchers, and higher education practitioners.


Social Capital Parental Involvement Identity Development Parental Attachment Student Development 
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Education and Information StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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