Parental Divorce and College Students’ Persistence and Degree Attainment

Krista M. Soria, Dale J. Morrow, Rachel Jackson

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The purpose of this study is to analyze whether college students from divorced families are more or less likely than their peers to persist and graduate in 4, 5, or 6 years. Utilizing data from the 2007 Cooperative Institutional Research Program survey of first-year students, the results of multinomial logistic regression analyses suggest that students whose parents were divorced were significantly less likely to graduate in 4, 5, or 6 years. These findings held controlling for demographic variables, precollege academic indicators, college experiences, and academic motivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

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  • First-year college students
  • graduation
  • parental divorce
  • persistence


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