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ERIC Number: ED407624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 14
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The Risk-Resiliency Paradigm in Research on Dropping Out.
Worrell, Frank C.
This study examined the impact of variables related to competence and identity as protective factors in a group of at-risk dropouts and at-risk graduates of high school. Participants consisted of 99 at-risk students (35 females and 64 males) drawn from a continuation high school in an urban school district and 24 high school students (9 female and 15 males) from a university summer program for academically-talented youth. Subjects fell into one of five groups: past dropouts; predicted dropouts; predicted graduates; past graduates; and students not at risk for dropping out. Predicted graduates and dropouts completed the questionnaires at the school site. Confirmed dropouts, graduates and not-at-risk students completed the questionnaires on their own time. Results indicated that students at the continuation high school were clearly at risk based on the risk factors as compared to the comparison group. Protective factors related to Erikson's conception of anticipation of success (hope in the future, anticipation of being in a good job by age 30) and the importance of going to college contributed significantly to the prediction of dropout/graduate status beyond the prediction made by risk factors alone. Using a prospective methodology, a hopeful future significantly predicted dropout versus graduate status for participants who were equally at risk. Contains 27 references.) (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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