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ERIC Number: EJ995825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Along for the Ride: Best Friends' Resources and Adolescents' College Completion
Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian; Calarco, Jessica McCrory; Kao, Grace
American Educational Research Journal, v50 n1 p76-106 Feb 2013
Research on social capital in education rarely considers how the resources students can access through their friendships affect educational outcomes later in life. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we explore how having resource-rich best friends impacts adolescents' college completion. We compare the influence of friends' material and cultural resources and their effects relative to adolescents' family resources. We find that having a best friend with a college-educated mother significantly increases the likelihood of college completion, though having a best friend whose parents are high income does not. This positive effect of best friends' cultural resources is not explained fully by school achievement or by the expectations of respondents, best friends, or parents. We conclude that adolescent friendships are an underrecognized source of social capital. (Contains 5 tables and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health