The mediating effects of self-esteem and delinquency on the relationship between family social capital and adolescents’ educational achievement

Omolola Abiola Adedokun, Mark A Balschweid


Using a nationally representative data of rural adolescent boys and girls in 10th grade through 12th grade, this study explored the mediating effects of self-esteem and delinquency on the educational achievement of rural adolescents. Structural equation modeling analyses reveal that the combination of self-esteem and delinquency completely mediates the influence of family social capital on educational achievement. The findings of the models make a compelling case that the impact of family processes on educational achievement is indirect rather than direct.


Social capital, Delinquency, Self-esteem

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