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The Effects of Childhood Trauma on College Completion

Natalie Lecy () and Philip Osteen
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Natalie Lecy: University of Utah, College of Social Work
Philip Osteen: University of Utah, College of Social Work

Research in Higher Education, 2022, vol. 63, issue 6, No 6, 1058-1072

Abstract: Abstract This study uses the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to examine the effect of childhood trauma experiences on college graduation rates. A longitudinal mediation path analysis with a binary logistic regression is performed using trauma as a mediator between race, gender, first-generation status and college completion. The analysis reveals that being female and a continuing-generation student are both associated with greater likelihood of graduating college and that trauma mediates the relationship between race, gender, first-generation status and college completion. The authors explore the implications for these findings for policy, practice, and future research.

Keywords: First-generation student; Trauma; Childhood adversities; College completion; Path analysis; Mediation model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11162-022-09677-9

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