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ERIC Number: EJ893732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
African American and White Mothers' Substance Abuse, Depression, and Criminality as Risk Factors for School Suspension
Smith-McKeever, Chedgzsey; Gao, Weihua
School Social Work Journal, v34 n2 p18-34 Mar 2010
School social workers are often responsible for developing and implementing programs to prevent school suspension, particularly for African American students, who are overrepresented among all students suspended. This article uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey to examine the relative roles of maternal substance and alcohol abuse, depression, criminality, race, sex, and socioeconomic status in whether a student is suspended from school. Results indicate that primarily race and a mother's marital status contribute to suspensions. However, other factors such as maternal depression, marijuana or hashish use, and having been charged with an illegal act also predict a student's suspension from school. We encourage school social workers to expand their conceptualization of the role of race in school suspensions to include these maternal factors when developing programs to reduce school suspensions. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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