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Great Expectations Unmet: The Impact of Adolescent Educational Expectations on Deviant Coping During the Transition to Adulthood

Cundiff, Patrick R. (2017). Great Expectations Unmet: The Impact of Adolescent Educational Expectations on Deviant Coping During the Transition to Adulthood. Sociological Inquiry, 87(3), 449-471.

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Previous research has shown that during adolescence, holding high expectations of college education serves as a protective factor for delinquency and substance use. Little is known whether the protective factor of college expectations extends into young adulthood, especially among ambitious youth who do not earn a degree. Using longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this research focuses on the longer term effects of adolescent educational expectations on deviant coping. This study finds that failing to realize realistically high expectations of college education during the transition to adulthood increases an individual's likelihood of deviant coping during the transition to adulthood.


GENERAL STRAIN THEORY; EMPIRICAL-TEST; DELINQUENCY; ASPIRATIONS; COLLEGE; GRADUATION; RESOURCES; STRESS; GOALS


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Cundiff, Patrick R.



2017


Sociological Inquiry

87

3

449-471


12/3/2016




1475-682X

10.1111/soin.12156



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