Relationship Between Goal Attributes and the Academic Achievement of Southeast Asian Adolescent Refugees

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This study examined the relationship among goals, acculturation, and academic achievement for a group of 39 Southeast Asian adolescent refugees enrolled in a bilingual vocational education program at a high school. Students expressed career, work, and family goals that were positive in affect and individual in nature. Low goal instability and high goal commitment were significantly related to higher grade point average and goal attainment. Low goal instability was also related to better study skills. Acculturation was not significantly related to the academic achievement variables. Although the relationship between goal attributes and academic achievement was supported for this group of Southeast Asian adolescent refugees, cultural factors limited our ability to interpret the results. A discussion of cross-cultural issues that are relevant for future research with Southeast Asian refugees is provided.

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