ERIC Number: ED411729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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The Effects of Adult Role Configurations on Re-enrollment in College.
Crook, David B.
This study examined the effects of full-time employment, marriage, and parenthood on the re-enrollment in college of individuals who stopped attending college before completing a degree. Data were obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS-72), focusing on the initial 7 years of the tracking period, from 1972 through 1979. The study found that women who married or had children were less likely to reenroll in college because of these role obligations, not because of differences in pre-college characteristics, aspirations, college experiences, or earnings. The effects of marriage sharply depressed the odds of a return to college by women, but had no effect on a return to college by men. For both sexes, the probability of a return to college steadily declined with every year since the initial departure, and pre-college characteristics seemed to have little impact on the decision to return to school. (Contains 54 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972