Status frustration among college students: The relationship between socioeconomic status and undergraduate performance
Cohen’s status frustration theory explains that even though everyone is encouraged to achieve a high status in society, lower-class people have very small chances of successfully doing so. Students from a private college and a public community college were given questionnaires about socioeconomic statuses, college majors, career plans, grades, and participation in delinquent activities. Findings support specific components of Cohen’s theory. Minority and lower-class students participated in more deviant behaviors. Results also revealed significant differences in prestige of career goals between students of different social classes. Finally, there was a significant relationship between perceived opportunities and grade point averages.
College students--Economic conditions, Social classes, Academic achievement, Deviant behavior
O’Donnell, C. T., & Blankenship, C. (2018). Status frustration among college students: The relationship between socioeconomic status and undergraduate performance. Deviant Behavior, 39(6), 679-693. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2017.1286197