ERIC Number: ED399336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
The Effect of Pregnancy on the Dropout Rate of Female High School Students.
Studies have indicated that pregnancy is only one of the factors that cause female students to drop out of school. A study was conducted at a Chicago (Illinois) public high school to determine if there was a significant difference in the dropout rate for teens who were pregnant and those who were not. The population for the study included female students who dropped out of the school in 1993 and 1994. The total female class size was 624. Approximately 42% of these students were Hispanic American. Twenty-eight percent were African American, and 27% Caucasian. Approximately 39% were from low-income households, and 10% had limited English proficiency. The sample consisted of 173 female dropouts. Of these, 37 dropped out because of pregnancy and 136 dropped out for other reasons. Results indicated that there is no significant difference in the dropout rate for students who become pregnant and those who do not. Overall, these findings support the literature that points out the number of factors that lead to dropping out, and they emphasize the necessity for meeting the needs of adolescents in school. (Contains 1 table and 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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