The Gap Between Educational Aspirations and Attainment for First-generation College Students and The Role of Parental Involvement

McCarron & Inkelas, 2006 / Journal of College Student Development / September 2006

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The primary purpose of this study was to examine if parental involvement had a significant influence on the educational aspirations of firstgeneration students as compared to the educational aspirations of non-first-generation students. Additionally, the study investigated if the educational aspirations of first-generation students differed from their actual educational attainments. Lastly, the study explored the differences in educational attainment for firstgeneration students by gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of 1,879 students generated by the National Educational Longitudinal Study 1988-2000 was used as the basis for analysis.