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Socioeconomic success and mental health profiles of young adults who drop out of college

Faas, C.; Benson, M. J.; Kaestle, C. E.; & Savla, J. (2017). Socioeconomic success and mental health profiles of young adults who drop out of college. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-18.

Faas, C.; Benson, M. J.; Kaestle, C. E.; & Savla, J. (2017). Socioeconomic success and mental health profiles of young adults who drop out of college. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-18.

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Based on the developmental theories of life course and emerging adulthood, the current study examines a central question about the diversity of trajectories among young adults who drop out of college. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and provides prospective data on a nationally representative sample of US young adults. Our subsamples include young adults who dropped out of college (N = 1,530) and those who obtained a bachelor’s degree (N = 1,977). We examined five dimensions of well-being: socio-economic success indicators, happiness/satisfaction, mastery, stress, and depression. Using latent class analysis, five classes of young adults who dropped out emerged that reflected variability in the patterns of well-being. Differences in socio-economic and mental health dimensions are elaborated in the study. The findings from this study provide valuable basis for challenging stereotypes about the college student dropout population. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group


college dropout
mental health
socioeconomic success
Young adult


JOUR



Faas, C.
Benson, M. J.
Kaestle, C. E.
Savla, J.



2017


Journal of Youth Studies



1-18


11/23/2017





10.1080/13676261.2017.1406598



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