Obstacles to graduation: A look at poverty’s effect on academic work

Julia M. Bernard, Maike Klein

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding


Our presentation was aimed at providing a thorough overview of concepts that interfere with an adolescent’s ability to stay in school and graduate. Additionally, the presentation addressed what other factors of poverty, such as risk-taking behaviors (e.g., marijuana use, binge drinking, or sexual activity), might carry over into college life and affect a student’s academic career. Variables connected to family community, family responsibilities, and adolescents’ self-esteem were described as well. Finally, the presentation discussed factors that play into a student’s willingness to seek out college campus resources for support. With this paper, we hope to outline variables that lead to academic drawbacks within our youth and to raise awareness about the multi-faceted phenomenon of retention of students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the National Organization for Human Services
Subtitle of host publication2016 NOHS National Conference-Tampa, FL
EditorsSteve Cockerham
PublisherNational Organization for Human Services
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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