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Family Structure and Subjective Social Status: The Impact on a Young Adult’s Academic Achievement and Self Esteem

May, Cascia Kenny (2021) Family Structure and Subjective Social Status: The Impact on a Young Adult’s Academic Achievement and Self Esteem. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The present study sought to provide a greater understanding of how family structural differences such as living in a one or two parent family and subjective social status may impact a young adult’s academic achievements and self-esteem within an Irish context. Participants ranged in age from 18- 25 years old. A questionnaire was administered to participants (n=165) through social media which consisted of questions regarding participants family structure, academic achievements (Leaving Certificate points, third level education progression and level), The MacArthur Scale of Subjective Social Status and The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES). Findings from both the multinominal and binomial logistic regressions revealed that Leaving Certificate points, third level education progression and level were not impacted by subjective social status. Similarly, the Mann Whitney U Test and chi square test of independence found no significant difference in the Leaving Certificate points, third level education progression and level between family structures. The independent samples t-test also found no significant difference between family structures and self-esteem. However, subjective social status significantly predicted self-esteem. These findings provide a greater understanding of how education progression opportunities are impacted a country specific level. Implications for this study are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Body image
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 16:33
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:20
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4951

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