Date of Award

5-2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Applied Sociology

Advisor

Haller, William J.

Abstract

Utilizing the theory of segmented assimilation, this thesis examines the relationship between the type of acculturation experienced in early childhood and educational attainment. Data used in this study are from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey, waves I through III. The author hypothesizes that the markers of acculturation type serve as significant predictors on 1) the number of years of total education and 2) the likelihood of receiving a four-year degree by the time the respondents neared their mid-twenties (when CILS-III was conducted). Multiple regressions, linear and logistic, are used to examine these hypotheses. The findings show support of utilizing segmented assimilation theory to predict post-secondary educational attainment, however, the results suggest that additional and perhaps more comprehensive measures of each acculturation type are needed to gain a clearer understanding of the complex nature of acculturation and its effects.

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