ERIC Number: ED465843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Racial Differences in the Transition to Adulthood: A Follow-Up Study of the Philadelphia Youth Study.
Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.; Kmec, Julie A.
This research derives from the most recent wave of a longitudinal study of nearly 500 families in urban Philadelphia neighborhoods collected over a 9-year time span. Earlier findings revealed remarkable continuity in success trajectories from early to mid-adolescence despite hazards imposed by poor neighborhoods, low economic standing, and poor schooling opportunities. Despite this stability, qualitative interviews with the adolescents suggested a flattening scope of success and an increasing scope of failure and risk during the transition to adulthood for minority men. This paper describes the association between the youths' performance in 1991 and their socioeconomic standing in 1999 for different race and gender subgroups. Findings from logistic regressions support the premonition of a growing racial divergence for minority men. The findings also suggest that early and late adolescent attributes do not mediate the effect of race on early adult success. The research highlights the role of individual characteristics, the family, and peers in the transition to adulthood and suggests that minority men are the group most likely to be off track in early adulthood and that public school attendance is the strongest predictor of their performance. (Contains 47 references, 4 tables, and 4 figures.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)