ERIC Number: EJ941242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Household Structure and Children's Educational Attainment: A Perspective on Coresidence with Grandparents
Monserud, Maria A.; Elder, Glen H., Jr.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n5 p981-1000 Oct 2011
Children from alternative households complete fewer years of schooling. Yet little is known about the implications of coresidence with grandparents for educational attainment. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 10,083), this study found that extended households with two biological parents were not detrimental to high school completion or college enrollment. Although coresidence with grandparents did not compensate for not living with two biological parents, it seemed to be beneficial for the educational attainment of youth from single-mother households. In contrast, skipped-generation households were associated with a persistent disadvantage for educational attainment. Limited socioeconomic resources partially accounted for the adverse effects of alternative households, whereas parenting quality did not explain these effects. Interactions of gender by household structure suggested that stepfather households could have negative consequences for high school completion and college enrollment only for girls.
Descriptors: Family Structure, Educational Attainment, Grandparents, Enrollment, Longitudinal Studies, High Schools, Graduation Rate, College Attendance, One Parent Family, Correlation, Disadvantaged, Socioeconomic Status, Parenting Styles, Gender Differences
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