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ERIC Number: EJ1189813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
The Intersection of Race and Community Poverty and Its Effects on Adolescents' Academic Achievement
Gordon, Mellissa S.; Cui, Ming
Youth & Society, v50 n7 p947-965 Oct 2018
Although most studies have established the importance of individual-level influences on adolescent outcomes, studies are often limited in that they do not address the effects of broader community-level factors. To address this limitation, we examined the association between community-level poverty and adolescents' academic achievement, and the role of race in this association. Results from multilevel modeling suggested that (a) regardless of community type (i.e., low vs. high poverty), Black adolescents reported lower academic achievement than White adolescents, (b) community poverty was negatively associated with adolescents' academic achievement among both White and Black adolescents, and (c) the racial disparity in academic achievement was greater in communities with low poverty. Findings indicated the complex effect of community context and race on adolescents' academic outcome. Implications of such findings were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: P01HD31921