Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

UGA Study Finds That Education Plays Mitigating Role in Escaping Roots of Adversity

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

UGA Study Finds That Education Plays Mitigating Role in Escaping Roots of Adversity

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ATHENS. Ga.

Decades of research show people born into poverty are likely to continue to live that way as adults. But one University of Georgia (UGA) researcher has found away out - education.

Children reared in disadvantaged communities and poor families earn less money and experience more health problems as adults than do children raised without adversity, according to KandaudaWickrama, a professor of human development and life science in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

"Early adverse life experiences, such as community or family poverty, have a detrimental effect on young adults' social economy attainment - income, assets and job quality," said Wickrama. "Living in an adverse environment during childhood has a persistent, long-term affect on young adults. Although you can change the place where you Uve, clearly early adverse experiences are under your skin."

Wickrama's research, published in the April issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, found the level of educational achievement moderates the persistent influences of earlier life experiences on young adults' socioeconomic attainment.

According to the research, community poverty, African-American and MexicanAmerican ethnic status and being female negatively influenced the level of young adults' assets significantly, while Asian- and Cuban-American ethnic status, family income, consistently married parents and self-esteem positively influenced the level of young adults' earnings significantly. …

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