Peer relationships, motivation, self-efficacy, and science literacy in ethnic minority adolescents in China: a moderated mediation model

Ling Li, Yutian Liu, Zhenfei Peng, Meiqin Liao, Liucun Lu, Huan Liao, Hui Li*

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    Abstract

    This study aims to investigate the possible mediating and moderating factors in the relationship between peer relationships and science literacy in ethnic Zhuang adolescents, the largest ethnic minority group in China. Altogether 596 Grade 9 Zhuang students (Nfemale = 293, Mage = 14.74, SD = 1.38) were surveyed and tested with PISA Science (2008). The descriptive and PROCESS analyses have confirmed that motivation acted as a mediator between peer relationships and science literacy, and self-efficacy acted as a moderator. This model indicated that positive peer relationships would cause higher motivation associated with higher science literacy. Besides, self-efficacy could significantly moderate the mediation effect of motivation in females, indicating that more attention should be paid to female Zhuang students to enhance their self-efficacy and, accordingly, science literacy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number105524
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
    Volume119
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

    Keywords

    • peer relationships
    • science literacy
    • motivation
    • self-efficacy

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