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ERIC Number: EJ784894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
The Hidden Dropout Phenomenon among Immigrant High-School Students: The Case of Ethiopian Adolescents in Israel--A Pilot Study
Rosenblum, Sara; Goldblatt, Hadass; Moin, Victor
School Psychology International, v29 n1 p105-127 2008
The high school dropout rate among immigrant students has become a serious problem in many places around the world. Hidden dropout or irregular school attendance may be the first stage of school dropout. This article examines the hidden dropout phenomenon among Ethiopian immigrant adolescents aged 14-18 in Israel, as a prototype of immigration from a traditional, rural society to a western one. Sixty irregular school attendees were compared with 28 regular attendees, regarding the following characteristics: family and socio-economic background, psychological distress symptoms (BSI), self-efficacy (SEF), perceived social support (MSPSS) and cognitive skills (ROcF). Results indicated that both groups came from similar low socio-economic backgrounds and showed similarly poor cognitive performance levels. However, among the hidden dropout group, the perceived social support was significantly higher and feelings of stress were significantly lower. Several explanations are provided for these unexpected results, and research and practice implications are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia; Israel