This study tried to investigate the effect of parental influence on students‟ personality and academic achievement at secondary school level in Islamabad. The objectives of the study were; to measure parental influence, student‟s personality and academic achievement, to determine the effect of parental influence on students‟ personality, to determine the effect of parental influence on students‟ academic achievement, to find out the gender wise difference of parental influence on students, to find out the gender wise difference in students‟ academic achievement and to find out the gender wise difference in students‟ personality. The study was causal comparative in nature. Proportionate stratified sampling technique was used for sample selection. The sample of the study consisted upon 400 students studying in class 10th in public sector schools in Islamabad. Two research instruments were used in this research. For measuring parental influence, five-point rating scale was developed by researcher. For Assessment of personality Big Five Inventory was modified (John & Srivastava, 1999). Students‟ academic achievement was measured by their marks which they obtained in class 9th annual examination. For data analysis, mean score, one-way ANOVA and t-test was used. It was found that parental influence had significant (negative) effect on students‟ academic achievement, partial effect on five factors of students‟ personality, and no significant effect on students‟ total personality. There was a significant gender wise difference in students‟ academic achievement, no significant gender wise difference of parental influence was found on students, and there was no significant gender wise difference in student‟s personality.
Keywords: Parental Influence, Personality, Academic Achievement, Secondary School level