What is most interesting is that children of parents who are socially active in various kinds of clubs such as sport clubs, religious groups, politics and so on, do better on reading, mathematics and vocabulary tests.
The researchers say that this finding has implications for those who cannot afford to have a range of social experiences. They suggest that the lack of community participation may exaggerate the impact which poverty already has on life outcomes.
The authors suggest that being socially active may lead parents to encounter support, advice and assistance which may help them to bring up their children. It may also be that the parents are modelling, to their child, a way of living. To listen to an interview with one of the lead authors and to read a summary of the research click here and scorll down to ' Children of Socially Active Parents have Better Exam Marks'.