Who Leaves School: The Dropouts

  • George Psathas


Several approaches to studying the dropouts from General are presented. Intellective predictor variables, such as high school rank, intelligence and aptitude test results, and social characteristics, such as socioeconomic class, show that intellective predictors are neither consistent nor stable predictors of dropping out and that few social characteristics other than the combination of low ability and low social class predict who will drop out.


Social Class Student Nurse Nursing School Fourth Quarter Academic Failure 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Psathas
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyWashington UniversitySaint LouisUSA
  2. 2.Social Science InstituteWashington UniversitySaint LouisUSA

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