Relationships Among Socio-Economic Status, Self-Esteem, and College Aspirations of High School Seniors in One Small City

by Speegle, Lisa Ann

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines relationships between socio-economic status and self-esteem, college aspirations, and parental influences on healthy living among adolescents. The strength of ones identification with SES is considered as an intervening variable for the relationships between SES and self-esteem and between SES and college aspirations. Data were collected through the use of a questionnaire survey administered to 138 high school seniors expecting to graduate in spring, 2007and students previously from the 2007 class who had dropped out of school. The sample was taken from seniors and dropouts in a small city located in the Rocky Mountain west with a population of approximately 30,000. The data analysis supports the research hypotheses that socio-economic status will be positively correlated with college aspirations and parents encouragement to make healthy lifestyle choices. Results indicate that the higher an adolescents family socio-economic status, the higher his or her college aspirations. Results also indicate that the higher family SES, the more likely it is that parents will provide their children with encouragement to make choices that lead to healthy living. Information from this study can be used in developing strategies to improve the likelihood that lower income adolescents aspire to attend a 4-year college.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Kathy Kuipers

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:07/23/2007

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