Title page for ETD etd-05102010-154234

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Faas, Caitlin S.
Author's Email Address cfaas@vt.edu
URN etd-05102010-154234
Title Economic and Parent-Adolescent Relationship Capital Predicting Educational Outcomes
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Benson, Mark J. Committee Chair
Kaestle, Christine E. Committee Member
Kim, Kee Jeong Committee Member
  • attainment
  • parent-child
  • education
  • social capital
  • adolescence
Date of Defense 2010-05-04
Availability unrestricted
Using the perspectives of social capital theory (Coleman, 1988) and life course theory (Elder et al., 2003), this study examined how economic capital and particular dimensions of the parent-adolescent relationship predicted educational outcomes. The economic capital variables were family income, parent education, and parent occupational prestige. Relationship capital variables included: closeness to parents, expectations for schooling, parental values, and parent trust. The three economic capital variables, expectations for schooling, and parent trust all significantly predicted final GPA and educational attainment. However, parent-adolescent closeness and parental values did not predict educational outcomes in the overall model. This study extended research in the field by examining both final GPA and educational attainment as educational outcomes. By using a nationally representative sample and four time points of data collection, this research was able to explore how various forms of capital predict early adulthood educational outcomes.
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