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Failing in New Haven: An Analysis of High School Graduates and Dropouts

J. Zvi Namenwirth
Social Forces
Vol. 48, No. 1 (Sep., 1969), pp. 23-36
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2575465
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2575465
Page Count: 14
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Failing in New Haven: An Analysis of High School Graduates and Dropouts
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Abstract

A cross-sectional survey established that many New Haven high school students change their orientations, attitudes and behavior but that dropouts do so to a far lesser extent than graduates. Using a partial prediction study, this paper examines three hypothetical explanations and finds that "adaptation to middle-class values" rather than "autonomous maturation" or "predispositions at an early age" provides the most likely explanation of the survey finding.

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