The Effects of Childhood Trauma on College Completion
Natalie Lecy () and
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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 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)
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