Peers, Parents, and Attitudes about School

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Educational attitudes are an important component of adolescent development linked to long-term educational success and as a component of noncognitive skills. This study focuses on peer and parent roles in shaping adolescent attitude development. First, I explore the relationship between an adolescent and their friends' attitudes and whether this influence is heterogeneous. Second, I ask whether parents can moderate the friend effect. I find that adolescents with poor attitudes and whose friends have particularly poor attitudes are especially at risk of developing low educational attitudes and that working with parents can serve as a channel to decrease the risk.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2018

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NameStrathclyde Discussion Papers in Economics
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde


  • skill development
  • attitudes
  • peer effects
  • friendship networks
  • parental attitudes
  • parental involvement


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  • Peers, parents, and attitudes about school

    Norris, J., 31 Jul 2020, In: Journal of Human Capital . 14, 2, p. 290-342 53 p.

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