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ERIC Number: EJ1174555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Access and Mobilization: How Social Capital Relates to Low-Income Youth's Postsecondary Educational (PSE) Attainment
Ashtiani, Mariam; Feliciano, Cynthia
Youth & Society, v50 n4 p439-461 May 2018
Youth from advantaged backgrounds have more social relationships that provide access to resources facilitating their educational success than those from low-income families. Does access to and mobilization of social capital also relate to success among the few low-income youth who "overcome the odds" and persist in higher education? Using nationally representative longitudinal data over a 14-year period, this study shows that although access to social capital in families, schools, and communities is positively related to "entry" into higher education, most forms of adolescent social capital are not independently associated with "degree attainment." However, the mobilization of social "capital through certain types of mentorship benefits both the college entry and bachelor's degree attainment of low-income youth, more so than for their more economically advantaged peers. Findings suggest that developing enduring mentoring relationships and new social resources rooted in the higher education context may be especially important in facilitating degree attainment for young adults from low-income backgrounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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: P01HD31921