ERIC Number: EJ1072165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Age Differences Explain Social Class Differences in Students' Friendship at University: Implications for Transition and Retention
Rubin, Mark; Wright, Chrysalis L.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v70 n3 p427-439 Sep 2015
The present research tested the hypotheses that (a) working-class students have fewer friends at university than middle-class students and (b) this social class difference occurs because working-class students tend to be older than middle-class students. A sample of 376 first-year undergraduate students from an Australian university completed an online survey that contained measures of social class and age as well as quality and quantity of actual and desired friendship at university. Consistent with predictions, age differences significantly mediated social class differences in friendship. The discussion focuses on potential policy implications for improving working-class students' friendships at university in order to improve their transition and retention.
Descriptors: Age Differences, Social Class, Working Class, Middle Class, Friendship, Social Influences, Undergraduate Students, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia