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ERIC Number: EJ1089669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Biological and Sociocultural Factors during the School Years Predicting Women's Lifetime Educational Attainment
Hendrick, C. Emily; Cohen, Alison K.; Deardorff, Julianna; Cance, Jessica D.
Journal of School Health, v86 n3 p215-224 Mar 2016
Background: Lifetime educational attainment is an important predictor of health and well-being for women in the United States. In this study, we examine the roles of sociocultural factors in youth and an understudied biological life event, pubertal timing, in predicting women's lifetime educational attainment. Methods: Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort (N = 3,889), we conducted sequential multivariate linear regression analyses to investigate the influences of macro-level and family-level sociocultural contextual factors in youth (region of country, urbanicity, race/ethnicity, year of birth, household composition, mother's education, and mother's age at first birth) and early menarche, a marker of early pubertal development, on women's educational attainment after age 24. Results: Pubertal timing and all sociocultural factors in youth, other than year of birth, predicted women's lifetime educational attainment in bivariate models. Family factors had the strongest associations. When family factors were added to multivariate models, geographic region in youth, and pubertal timing were no longer significant. Conclusion: Our findings provide additional evidence that family factors should be considered when developing comprehensive and inclusive interventions in childhood and adolescence to promote lifetime educational attainment among girls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: T32HD007081; R24HD042849