Adolescent NHPI Educational Attainment in California and the US: Measuring Inequalities and Consequences (70897)

Session Information: Education and Social Welfare
Session Chair: Ahmad Rizaldi

Saturday, 27 May 2023 12:40
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

Educational attainment among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) adolescents in middle and high school represents a critical development period among this population. NHPIs continue to have lower rates of high school graduation and lag behind other racial groups in college admission, no less completion. Addressing this problem is difficult due to the complex nature of Pacific cultures and adolescents' demands regarding family, community, and church commitments. Internalized generational patterns of low educational attainment fail to provide an environment that emphasizes the importance of educational success, and young adults often join the labor force early to assist the family's financial needs. This paper examines the patterns of educational attainment among adolescents aged 12 to 17 who attend middle school or high school. The paper uses data from two studies, the 2012 Pacific Islander Health Study, representative of NHPIs in the state of California, and the 2014 National Health Interview Study for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, representative of the US as a whole. The paper will compare the levels of completed education across the two time periods and examine variations in family structure, income, and parental educational attainment. This paper will be the first to examine these issues using these two unique data collections and provide new insights into the educational trajectories of NHPI adolescents at the state and national levels.

Sarah McNally, University of Michigan, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Sarah McNally is a University Doctoral Student at University of Michigan in United States

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00