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ERIC Number: EJ768651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Parents' Union Dissolution and Adolescents' School Performance: Comparing Methodological Approaches
Frisco, Michelle L.; Muller, Chandra; Frank, Kenneth
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n3 p721-741 Aug 2007
We use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement Study to estimate how parents' union dissolution influences changes in adolescents' mathematics course work gains, overall grade point average, and course failure rates during a window of approximately 1 year (N = 2,629). A primary purpose of this study is demonstrating the utility of propensity score matching techniques for studying topics such as ours that pose methodological challenges such as dealing with endogeneity and selection bias. We compare propensity score matching techniques to ordinary least squares (OLS) regression methods to show and discuss comparability of results obtained using these different procedures. Findings suggest that associations between parents' union dissolution and achievement may be causal, regardless of method used.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health