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Students-parents communication: exploring parental influence in academic and career decision making

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
  • 2Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 3Global Centre for Environmental Remediation, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 4Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 10, Issue (1), Pages 1-7, January,14 (2021)


This study investigated parental influence in academic and career choice decision. In our society, parents are not fully conscious of how they are influencing their childrens academic and career resolution. Though education experts, teachers and students criticized helicopter parenting, data also demonstrate that parental involvement can be helpful for students progress in academic tenure if it limits at a certain level. Parents have a significant role in improving a childs educational performance. In this study, respondents from Jahangiragar University, Bangladesh reported that when they face trouble about making the decision in the academic area, they depend on their parents advice. In the self-discovery process, the student can depend on their trustworthy parents. On the other hand, intrusive parenting will affect negatively. Research outcomes came from quantitative and qualitative information. In this study, 50 undergraduate students of Jahangirnagar University were selected representatively (10 students from 5 departments). For qualitative data 5 IDIs (In-depth Interviews) were conducted with one respondent from five departments which also randomly selected. These study findings suggested that parents should take their childrens educational decision after a thorough discussion with their children and also appropriately disseminate how it will impact his/her future life. Educational institutions can arrange a regular counselling session both for parents and students, which will help a lot for taking proper decision regarding their education and career.


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