Educational Attainment and Commitment

By: Macmillan, Ross, and John Hagan.

Using data from the National Youth Survey, these researchers find that students from two-parent families have significantly higher educational attainment and significantly stronger commitment towards education than children from other family structures. Children from two-parent families are also less likely to experience violent adolescent victimization, which negatively affects childrenís educational outcomes.

Violence in the transition to adulthood: Adolescent victimization, education, and socioeconomic attainment in later life. Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (2): 127-59.