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School well-being among young people: is it influenced by the parents' socioeconomic background?

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The aim of this study is to explore whether the socioeconomic background of the parents has an impact on the school well-being of young people aged 14-18. The literature concerning the position of young people with a lower socioeconomic background in education, reports the so-called gaps between home and school, unequal opportunities, unequal treatment, etc. As a consequence, it is possible that their school well-being is lower too. To investigate this research question, a survey was conducted among 1265 young people in Flanders. This study found no evidence that young people with a lower socioeconomic background have a lower school well-being. When investigating boys and girls separately, a small correlation appears between the educational qualification and the school well-being of the girls. Several explanations are discussed, and recommendations for further research are made.
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Keywords: parents; school; socioeconomic background; survey; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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