Status frustration among college students: The relationship between socioeconomic status and undergraduate performance

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2018-06-03
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O’Donnell, Cullen T.
Blankenship, Chastity
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Routledge
Abstract
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.
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College students--Economic conditions , Social classes , Academic achievement , Deviant behavior
Citation
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
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