Peer relationships, self-efficacy, academic motivation, and mathematics achievement in Zhuang adolescents

a moderated mediation model

Ling Li, Zhenfei Peng, Liucun Lu, Huan Liao, Hui Li*

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Abstract

This study attempts to examine the mediating and moderating roles of self-efficacy and motivation in the relationship between peer relationships and mathematics achievement with a unique sample of 596 Zhuang adolescents (Female = 293; aged from 13 to 17), the largest ethnic minority group in China. They were surveyed about peer relationships, self-efficacy, motivation, and tested with PISA Mathematics (2008). The results indicated that: (1) females’ peer relationships and motivation levels were higher than males; (2) peer relationships had a significantly positive effect on mathematics achievement; (3) academic motivation played a mediating role between peer relationship and mathematics achievement; and (4) self-efficacy played a moderating role in the path of female peers' relationship to motivation. The implications for educational development for ethnic adolescents are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105358
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • peer relationships
  • mathematics achievement
  • motivation
  • self-efficacy

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