A Study of the Difference Between the Achievement of Latchkey Children and Non-Latchkey Children

Date of Graduation

Summer 1986


Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education


Childhood Education and Family Studies

Committee Chair

Darrell Roubinek


This study was conducted to determine first, whether or not there was a difference between the achievement scores of latchkey children and non-latchkey children. Secondly, within the group of latchkey children, whether girls or boys showed a difference in their achievement scores and in both cases which direction the change occurred. The subjects for the study were thirty-six latchkey children. The variables for the study were the yearly given California Achievement Test given to grades one, three, and six; and the Criterion Referenced Test given yearly to grades two, four, and five. The data were analyzed using the Chi-Square technique and after finding the standard deviation of the latchkey girls and latchkey boys, attaining a T-Value for the comparison. The statistical analysis conducted indicated that there was a significant difference in the achievement of latchkey children and non-latchkey children. Latchkey girls showed higher achievement than latchkey boys but not at an educationally significant level of difference.

Subject Categories

Elementary Education and Teaching


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