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January 2011

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Janet R. Hankin


This research examines the relationship between perceived parental aspirations and children's aspirations for 4,190 middle-class African American and white high school students. To examine such, data from the National Center for Educational Statistics' Educational Longitudinal Survey 2002 were used. Logistic regression was used to predict whether or not perceived parental aspirations, along with sociodemographic variables, contribute to students' aspirations to attend college or not. Results show that middle-class African Americans and whites are not monolithic in the predictors that contribute to students' aspirations.

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