ERIC Number: ED219394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
High School Seniors and High School Dropouts: An Evaluation of Life Cycle Bias in the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972.
The National Longitudinal Study (NLS) of the High School Class of 1972 is a large scale study providing information on high school students as they mature to adulthood. The NLS refers to high school seniors, excluding those who drop out. The study is potentially biased toward more educated students. The analysis was based on 1972 Current Population Survey (CPS), a probability sample which enables researchers to distinguish and compare high school seniors and dropouts. The transition into new family roles occurs earlier for dropouts. Fully 20 percent of 17- and 18-year-old dropouts are married and many are parents. This compares to two percent of their high school peers. Dropouts are more likely to have left their parental home, many forming a separate primary family. Use of NLS for life cycle analyses must be tempered by awareness of these differences. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: Current Population Survey; National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972