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Off to a Good Start?

Off to a Good Start?

Postsecondary Education and Early Adult Life

(p.292) Chapter 9 Off to a Good Start?
On the Frontier of Adulthood
Gary D. SandefurJennifer Eggerling-BoeckHyunjoon Park
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on getting off to a good start in the transition to adulthood by examining two key dimensions of the early transition to adulthood: educational attainment and avoiding early out-of-wedlock childbearing. It also assesses the role that families and schools play in eventual educational attainment. It then analyzes the educational attainment, employment, residential independence, childbearing, and marital status of individuals at ages twenty-eight and twenty-six, respectively. It also examines how educational attainment is associated with marriage and childbearing, as well as with work and living independently. Finally, the chapter discusses the association between some key social structural variables—race and ethnicity, parental education, family type, and the type of school—and these markers of adult transitions.

Keywords:   adulthood, adult transitions, educational attainment, families, schools, childbearing, marriage, race, ethnicity, employment

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