A new survey finds that becoming a parent is one of the top two reasons Americans drop out of high school.
The national survey of more than 500 adults, ages 19 to 35, found that nearly a quarter of them (23%) cited the absence of parental support or encouragement as a reason for not completing high school, followed by 21% who said they became a parent. Missing too many days of school ranked third at 17%, followed by failing classes (15%), uninteresting classes (15%) and suffering from a mental illness (15%), like depression.
The survey also found that women are three times more likely than men (27% versus 9%) to leave high school because they became a parent.
The “Staying in School” section of the California Pregnant and Parenting Youth Guide explains that students have a right to stay in the same school if they are pregnant or have a child; how to choose another school, if they want; and how Cal-SAFE, a government program, helps them keep going to school.
Note: The 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey was released on Nov. 14 by Harris/Decima on behalf of Everest College. The survey was conducted online using the Harris Interactive online panel between Oct. 3 and Oct. 18, 2012, among 513 U.S. adults ages 19 to 35 who did not complete high school.