Latisha Ross


Latisha  Ross, School of Education

My research focuses on processes by which adolescents’ academic behaviors, attitudes, and performance are shaped by parent academic socialization (PAS) messages and the impact of such messages on child academic outcomes. My research has three main foci: 1) to further expand the field’s conceptualization of PAS, 2) to understand how parents’ attitudes/beliefs and adolescent contexts inform parenting and PAS messaging, and 3) to understand the impact of PAS messages on child academic and social functioning. My growing program of research suggests that parent PAS messages have an impact on the ways in which adolescents build academic motivation and persistence, manage their engagement with academic content, and further develop their academic selves and skills.