Economic Pressure and Family-of-Origin Relationships as Predictors of African American Educational Attainment during Late Adolescence

Jennifer Marie Senia, Iowa State University
Aisha White, Iowa State University
Clinton G. Gudmunson, Iowa State University

This presentation is from the Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Family Relations, Orlando, FL (2011): 11 pp. Posted with permission.


According to a recent Current Population Survey, at the end of the 2008-2009 period, African American and Hispanic families experienced respective poverty rates of 25.8% and 25.3%, a stark contrast to the 9.4% rate experienced by non-Hispanic White families. Minority youth have disproportionately low rates of educational & occupational attainment compared to other ethnic groups.