Social status, adolescent behavior, and educational attainment

Citation

Albrecht, Carol Mulford & Albrecht, Don E. (2011). Social status, adolescent behavior, and educational attainment. Sociological Spectrum. vol. 31 (1) pp. 114-137

Abstract

Education has long been recognized as an institution that plays a prominent role in the reproduction of social class. Children from socially advantaged backgrounds tend to achieve higher educational outcomes than children from more disadvantaged backgrounds. In this study, data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) were utilized to better understand the relationship between social advantage, high school educational achievements, adolescent behaviors, and educational attainment. It was found that individuals from socially advantaged backgrounds had greater high school educational achievements and were less likely to engage in problematic adolescent behaviors, and that these behaviors were, in fact, related to educational attainment. The socially advantaged did have greater levels of educational attainment. Most significantly, it was apparent that the socially advantaged were more likely to overcome low high school educational achievements and problematic adolescent behaviors to achieve higher levels of post-high school educational attainment. The implications of these findings are discussed.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02732173.2011.525698

Keyword(s)

Education

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Spectrum

Author(s)

Albrecht, Carol Mulford
Albrecht, Don E.

Year Published

2011

Volume Number

31

Issue Number

1

Pages

114-137

DOI

10.1080/02732173.2011.525698

Reference ID

1380