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ERIC Number: EJ782059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 89
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
The Effect of Neighborhood Context on the College Aspirations of African American Adolescents
Stewart, Endya B.; Stewart, Eric A.; Simons, Ronald L.
American Educational Research Journal, v44 n4 p896-919 2007
Previous research on educational aspirations has focused almost exclusively on micro-level predictors of educational aspirations. Notably absent from these studies are measures reflecting the neighborhood context in which adolescents live. Drawing on Wilson's theory of neighborhood effects, the present study examines the extent to which neighborhood structural disadvantage predicts college aspirations among African American adolescents. The results show that concentrated neighborhood disadvantage exerts a significant influence on college aspirations, even when accounting for the micro-level context of adolescents. Overall, the findings suggest that living in a disadvantaged context lowers college aspirations among African American adolescents. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Iowa