This study seeks to replicate and extend Roksa and Potter's (2011) analysis of the association between intergenerational family background and academic outcomes by utilizing the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine alternative methods for operationalizing maternal educational background. Results indicate a positive association between maternal upward mobility and adolescent academic achievement. Measures of mobility affect adolescent achievement even when controlling for both mother's and maternal grandmother's educational attainment. Future research should examine the differential impact of extreme mobility, specifically downward mobility, on adolescent academic outcomes.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Warnick, Elizabeth, "Family Matters: Operationalization of Intergenerational Educational Background" (2013). All Theses and Dissertations. 4101.
intergenerational mobility, educational attainment, academic achievement, family background, educational mobility