The Role of Family and Parental Characteristics in the Scope of Social Encounters of Children in Homeschooling

Oz Guterman, Ari Neuman

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Homeschooling, a phenomenon that is increasingly widespread in the Western world, raises questions regarding the ability to supply children in this framework with adequate social encounters. Despite evidence regarding the importance of these encounters for children in homeschooling, there is insufficient data concerning the sources of differences between homeschooling families in the scope of these social encounters. The present study examined the relationships between a child’s social encounters and socioeconomic aspects of the family, parental personalities, and the way homeschooling is practiced. One hundred and forty parents who homeschooled their children completed questionnaires about themselves, their families, and their children, as well as the social interactions of their children. The findings indicate that parental personalities and the way homeschooling is practiced correlated significantly with the social encounters of homeschooled children. Parents’ conscientiousness was associated with a greater number of social encounters and more structure in the homeschooling. This article presents possible explanations for these findings, theoretical implications of the findings and possibilities for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2782-2789
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Home education
  • Homeschooling
  • Parental personalities
  • Social encounters
  • Socioeconomic status


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