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School Disorder and Dropping Out: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

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This study analyzed the role school disorder had on dropping out among racial and ethnic minority adolescents.
A growing body of research is exploring the effects school disorder has on educational progress. It is also known that educational success and failure are linked to gender, racial, and ethnic disparities. Other issues, however, remain less explored. For example, how perceptions of individual adolescents about disorder affect behavior and whether or how school-level physical and social disorder are related to gender, racial, and ethnic disparities. Do any of these factors affect the likelihood of dropping out? This study drew data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, with a focus on a subsample consisting of Black/African American, Latina/o American, Asian American, Native American, multiracial American, and White American public-school students in 580 public schools. The findings of the current study suggest that school disorder has greater influence among racial and ethnic minority youth. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019