ERIC Number: ED192242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
The Education of Non-High School Graduates After the Birth of a Child. Final Report.
Darabi, Katherine F.
In education, considerable attention has been paid to the characteristics and prevalence of high school dropouts. However, pregnant teenagers present a special case of dropouts since many have interrupted their schooling by force rather than by choice. Additionally, the cross-sectional nature of most dropout studies precludes an investigation of those who later return to school. Structured home interviews were conducted with 160 Black and Hispanic females who had not yet graduated from high school when they first become pregnant. Their educational status three years after the first child's birth was ascertained, and characteristics of those who did and did not return to school were identified. Within four years of their first child's birth, 33% of the sample had returned to school. Of the returners, 26% had graduated. Black women were more likely than Hispanic women to return to school; Hispanic women born outside the United States were least likely to return. Decisions to return to school seemed to be a result of high educational aspirations and modern sex role attitudes. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY.
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