Title

Socioeconomic Status and Grit in Adolescent Students

Date of Award

1-1-2020

Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

Department

Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Sawyer Hunley

Abstract

Grit is the persistence to complete a long-term goal over time despite adversity, failures, or plateaus. The present study focused on the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and grit. Studies have documented that students from lower-SES homes experience less academic success compared to their peers from more affluent backgrounds. This quasi-experimental study compared grit scores between junior-high students from low-SES backgrounds to peers from higher-SES homes by using Duckworth's 12-Item Grit Scale. There was no significant difference in grit scores between students from higher-SES backgrounds (M= 3.22, SD= .580) and students from lower-SES backgrounds (M= 3.16, SD=.63).

Keywords

Education, Grit, socioeconomic, SES, adolescent, gap

Rights Statement

Copyright 2020, author

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