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ERIC Number: EJ1137304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
The Influence of Grandparents' Social Class on Children's Aspirations
Moulton, Vanessa; Flouri, Eirini; Joshi, Heather; Sullivan, Alice
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v38 n4 p500-517 2017
Social class mobility from grandparent to grandchild is a relatively neglected topic. Grandparents today are often healthier and more active, and have longer relationships with their grandchildren than in previous generations. We used data from the UK's Millennium Cohort Study (n = 8570) to investigate the influence of maternal and paternal grandparents' social class on the aspirations of children at age seven. Using path analysis and controlling for family income, mother's and father's education, lone motherhood, and child's ethnicity and gender, we found very small direct effects from the paternal grandmother's social class to the grandchild's classed aspirations, and small, indirect effects, via parents' class, of grandparents' class on child's classed aspirations. Multi-group analyses found few differences by ethnicity and gender. There was no evidence that, at this age, mixed-class parentage raises the aspirations of working-class children (the "sunken middle-class" hypothesis).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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