Beyond high hopes : educational attainment among children of immigrants Public Deposited

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  • In light of broadening racial/ethnic educational attainment gaps, growing diversity within young populations, and the increasingly critical relationship between higher education and outcomes in adulthood, understanding the factors that shape educational attainment is an especially important task for research. With this goal in mind, the current study examined how national origin moderated the effects of gender, heritage language ability, and perceptions of discrimination in society on the odds of achieving substantial progress toward a four-year degree in early adulthood among Filipino, Mexican, and Vietnamese children of immigrants. Guided by an integration of segmented assimilation and critical network-analytic perspectives, each national origin group's mode of incorporation was theorized to shape educational attainment outcomes through its impact on coethnic networks' capacity to provide youth with institutional resources necessary for college attainment. Gender, heritage language ability, and perceptions of discrimination in society served as indicators of coethnic network embeddedness and reliance. Utilizing data from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study, findings revealed that female gender more than doubled the odds of substantial progress toward a four-year degree among Vietnamese youth, had no effect on Filipino youth's odds of educational attainment, and reduced the odds of educational attainment among Mexican origin youth by half. Heritage language ability was not found to have statistically significant effects on the odds of educational attainment within any of the three groups. Perceptions of discrimination in society demonstrated a negative effect on the odds of educational attainment among Mexican origin youth but did not significantly impact the odds of attainment among Filipino or Vietnamese origin youth. Given that all effects were observed despite controls for educational expectations and aspirations and other relevant covariates, findings suggest that future studies and interventions should consider the ways in which national origin may shape youth’s chances of attaining a college degree through access to institutional resources.
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