Residential Mobility During Adolescence: Do Even “Upward” Moves Predict Dropout Risk?

Citation

Metzger, Molly W.; Fowler, Patrick J.; Anderson, Courtney Lauren; & Lindsay, Constance A. (2015). Residential Mobility During Adolescence: Do Even “Upward” Moves Predict Dropout Risk?. Social Science Research.

Abstract

This paper uses the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to investigate the impact of housing instability in adolescence on the likelihood of subsequent graduation from high school. Combining census data, self-reports, and information about respondents’ residential changes, we use the variation in the number of moves and neighborhood quality to predict whether participants obtain a high school diploma. Controlling for major predictors of housing mobility, students experiencing at least one move over a 12-month period have a roughly 50% decreased likelihood of obtaining a high school diploma by the age of 25. These associations are identified regardless of whether students move to a poorer or less-poor neighborhood. Our results carry implications for the development of housing policies and interventions designed for disadvantaged populations.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.05.004

Keyword(s)

housing mobilitymovingneighborhoodadolescencehigh school graduationAdd Health

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Metzger, Molly W.
Fowler, Patrick J.
Anderson, Courtney Lauren
Lindsay, Constance A.

Year Published

2015

Edition

5/16/2015

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.05.004

Reference ID

5689