Off to a Good Start?

Gary D. Sandefur, Jennifer Eggerling-Boeck and Hyunjoon Park

in On the Frontier of Adulthood

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780226748894
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748924 | DOI:
Off to a Good Start?

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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

Chapter.  10740 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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