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Are Violence and Disorder at School Placing Adolescents Within Immigrant Families at Higher Risk of Dropping Out?

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18 pages
Anthony A. Peguero; Jun S. Hong
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Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
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This study used a segmented assimilation framework to examine whether there were variations in associations between school violence, disorder, and school dropout across immigration generations, as well as the characteristics of any such variations.
Violence and disorder that occur within schools have received increased attention and scrutiny over the years; however, few have explored how violence and school disorder are influencing the children of immigrants' likelihood of dropping out. The current study obtained data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, and the sample for this study consisted of 9,870 first- (N = 1,170, 12 percent), second- (N = 1,540, 16 percent), and third-plus (N = 1,117, 73 percent) generation public school students (N = 5,050; 51 percent female) in 580 public schools. Results indicate that school violence and disorder disrupted the educational progress of adolescents within immigrant families. In addition, there were distinct racial and ethnic patterns in the link between school violence, disorder, and dropping out. The nuances of these findings and the implications for future research are discussed. (publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: July 20, 2021