Children’s Coping in the Academic Domain

  • Ellen A. Skinner
  • James G. Wellborn
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

Abstract

School failure is expensive—to American society, to families, and to individual children. According to some estimates, the national rate of school dropout hovers between 25 and 30% (United States Department of Education, 1985). Its distribution across geography, race, and ethnic groups ranges from essentially zero in some predominantly Caucasian suburban school districts to over 60% for African-American inner-city children (Hamack, 1986; Levin, 1986). Over 700,000 young people drop out of school each year (Dryfoos, 1990). Adolescents who leave before completing a high school degree are more likely to face unemployment and to earn significantly lower incomes (Rumberger, 1987). In addition, they are more likely to participate in a host of socially undesirable activities, including drug and alcohol use, gang activity, teenage pregnancy, and delinquent acts (Fad & Ryser, 1993).

Keywords

Autonomy Support Coping Response Achievement Motivation Avoidance Coping Coping Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen A. Skinner
    • 1
  • James G. Wellborn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Tennessee Christian Medical CenterMadisonUSA

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