Evaluating the Normative View on Parental Involvement

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Dominic Guidry



While there is plenty of research around the benefits of parental involvement in schools and after-school programs, there is a lack of literature and examination into the negative effects of enforced parental involvement at this institutional level—particularly in cases where parents are triggers to youth who carry a history of trauma. In these cases, parental involvement may exacerbate the harmful effects of trauma and stress for youth. Though there need to be larger, wider-scoped studies about this concern, I attempt to address the problem through a case study conducted at Mar Vista Family Center. In their mission, the enforcement of parental involvement is explicitly detailed through their ‘Shared Responsibility Model’. Data of this study are collected using evaluative interviews and analytic memos. After five months, I found that the intention for creating safety centered parents, and that consideration around trauma-informed programming is deficient. There was no evidential data showing that youth at the center, who interact with parents, were dealing with trauma; however, the limitations of my study—namely, the absence of data from youth participants—prevented such deductions. Therefore, I infer that there has been significant negligence to understand this problem in both research and the institutional setting, and that broad applications of parental involvement as a fail-safe solution for most youth, is still potentially harmful for some. I conclude that youth-centered spaces and organizations ought to focus on creating safe spaces with the input of youth and with care around every experience.

List of Contributors:

Dominic Guidry, main author


Dr. Douglas Barrera, research advisor


Supporting Agencies:

University of California, Los Angeles


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Guidry, D. (2024). Evaluating the Normative View on Parental Involvement. Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.56421/ujslcbr.v14i2.465
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