ERIC Number: ED397167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
The Relation of Educational Attainment to Childhood Events and Circumstances.
Haveman, Robert; And Others
The relationship between high school graduation and a number of variables, including personal characteristics, economic factors, stress factors, and the timing of events, is examined. A longitudinal sample of approximately 1,300 individuals provides evidence that completion of high school is positively associated with being nonwhite and female, growing up in a family having a religious affiliation, and growing up with only a few siblings. Most significant for high school graduation is the educational level of the parents. Experiencing family dislocations (such as moving and the divorce of parents) and having less parental time in the preschool years are negatively associated with completion of high school. Having a mother who works generally has a positive association with high school completion that increases as a child gets older. On the other hand, stress caused by family breakup or a physical move has its greatest impact on children in the youngest and oldest age groups measured (those between 4 and 7 and between 12 and 15). Problems of unobserved variables and potential endogeneity continue to raise questions about the results of research of this nature. Appendix A contains coefficients and standard errors from time-use data regressions, and Appendix B presents coefficients and standard errors for study variables, (Contains 3 tables and 21 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment, Family Characteristics, Graduation, High School Graduates, High Schools, Life Events, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Background, Parent Child Relationship, Stress Variables, Student Characteristics
Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.