Family's Role in Teen Dropout Rates

Posted by Amber White on

One of the most influential peer pressures to date is the role some teens have to play in lower socioeconomic families.  It’s no secret that students from lower social status are more likely to drop out of high school than students from higher socioeconomic statuses. states that because of this there is often a clash between family values and school values.  For example, students who come from this type of background may have parents who have dropped out of school themselves and are not setting the best example for their kids.  Older children in the family have to get jobs in order to obtain the funds needed to help the family support itself or may have to watch younger siblings while their parents work.  According to, students who work more than 20 hours a week have a higher risk of leaving school than those who don’t work as many hours.  Other family factors include non-English speaking students with families that have high mobility and single parent families in dangerous, unfavorable environments.  These circumstances tend to end with the student’s school work suffering, a fall back in grades, and disheartenment that eventually leads to them exiting the school system.

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