The Effects of Economic Stress on Academic Performance of Minority Tibetan Students in High Schools in China: Self-efficacy and Hope as Mitigating Factors of This Effect
Author : Selina Zhu
Dulwich College Beijing, Beijing, China
Minority students across the globe are part of a core demographic in societies. Existing literature shows that economic stress negatively impacts minority students’ academic attainment while self-efficacy and hope positively impact academic attainment. However, limited works of literature have investigated this effect on minority students within China. Thus, the purpose of this study is to explore the effects of economic stress on academic outcomes and the potential moderating factors of self-efficacy and hope against this effect for Tibetan students in China. Small-scale, in-depth interviews conducted with two Tibetan high school students found that hope significantly moderated the negative influences economic stress has on academic outcomes while the relationship between economic stress and self-efficacy requires further investigation.