Lindsay, Constance A. (2010). Using contexts and socioeconomic status to explain racial and gender differences in adolescent attachment to school. 2010 Add Health Users Conference.
This paper explores the ways in which various contexts influence adolescent attachment to school, and the ways in which attachment to school may vary by race or gender, and interactions of the two. Attachment is defined as the extent to which adolescents feel connected to their school communities (Johnson, Crosnoe, & Elder, 2001). The present study focuses on two specific domains of the local ecology that adolescents are situated in: neighborhood characteristics and parenting strategies. This study attempts to answer the following questions: Do white, Hispanic, and African American adolescents differ in their levels of attachment to school? Do boys and girls differ in the levels of attachment to school? Does controlling for neighborhood characteristics and parenting eradicate any observed differences? Do differences in school attachment in adolescence have implications for early adulthood outcomes? The study links Wave I characteristics with Wave IV education and labor market outcomes. Preliminary results indicate that there are differences in the level of attachment that vary according to gender and race, and that these differences are related to education and labor market outcomes.
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Lindsay, Constance A.
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