ERIC Number: ED460236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-7
Crossing Class Boundaries: Race, Siblings and Socioeconomic Heterogeneity. JCPR Working Paper.
Heflin, Colleen M.; Pattillo, Mary
This study used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (comprised of three subsamples taken in 1979) to characterize the siblings of middle class and poor Blacks and Whites, testing for racial differences in the probability of having a sibling on the other side of the socioeconomic divide. In support of theories in the urban poverty literature about the social isolation of poor blacks, results found that African Americans were less likely than Whites to have siblings who crossed social lines in ways that were beneficial. Low-income African Americans were less likely to have a middle class sibling than were low-income Whites, and middle class African Americans were more likely than middle class Whites to have a low-income sibling. Therefore, low-income African Americans were less likely to have a sibling to turn to for help but more likely to have a sibling to turn to them for assistance if they were middle class. The study results suggest that racial differences in the composition of kin networks may indicate another dimension of racial stratification. (Contains 43 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Middle Class, Poverty, Racial Differences, Siblings, Social Mobility, Socioeconomic Status, Whites
For full text: http://www.jcpr.org/wp/wpdownload.cfm?pdflink=wpfiles/heflin_pattillo.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Inst. for Policy Research.
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.