ERIC Number: ED370520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Work and Family Roles on Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Completion among Students in Early Adulthood.
Hanniford, Barbara E.; Sagaria, Mary Ann D.
This study examined the impact of work and family roles on the probability of students in early adulthood completing the associate or baccalaureate degree. It also looked at the effect of gender on degree completion and differences between adult associate and baccalaureate degree seekers. The study used data from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS-72) and the fifth follow-up to this study in 1986. From these data two samples were used: associate degree seekers and baccalaureate degree seekers who were further divided into degree completers, active degree seekers, and inactive noncompleters. The study used five background variables and six intervening variables to determine the impact of family and employment roles on degree completion. Findings included the following: (1) a change in relationship status or birth of a child appeared to act as a catalyst to encourage students to continue and complete a degree; (2) having school-age children at the start of a period of enrollment slowed degree completion but did not stop it for all groups; (3) working full time was particularly detrimental to degree progress for baccalaureate degree seeking males and associate degree seeking females; and (4) though relationship patterns had little effect on degree outcomes, employment patterns had a substantial influence. (Contains 69 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972
Note: Paper presented at the 1994 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April, 1994).