Predictors of high school achievement in a Hong Kong International School

Sunita Mahtani Stewart, Michael H. Bond, Osvelia Deeds, Jan Westrick, C. M. Wong

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Asian students consistently achieve academically at higher rates than other students. This study reports on the prediction of grades by teenagers' values and autonomy expectations, and their mothers' reports on these variables. Fifty-eight Western and 66 Asian juniors and seniors and their mothers were recruited from an international high school. Teenagers' value priority for Openness to Change and their autonomy expectations predicted academic achievement in the entire group of students, unpackaging the effect of culture on academic achievement. Mothers' value priorities and autonomy expectations did not associate with their teenagers' grades. Teenagers' value for Openness to Change emerged as a significant indepen-dent predictor in the combined group; however, the effect was stronger in Western than in Asian teenagers. This study provides unusual evidence for pancultural correlates of academic achievement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-174
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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