Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Numerous studies show how external factors influenced by an adolescent’s socioeconomic status (SES) affect their future income and occupation. Additionally, internal factors such as self-efficacy, motivation, and self-esteem also influence career outcomes. In this study, I examine whether or not there is a three-tiered relationship in which adolescent SES influences self-efficacy, which then affects career outcomes in adulthood. My findings show that there is a weak but positive relationship between family income in adolescence and beliefs about future income, but no direct relationship between family income and self-esteem. These self-efficacy measures also don’t seem to be a mechanism through which family income in adolescence affects adult income.
Millan, Maezelle, "Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree? Exploring a Three-Tiered Relationship Between Family SES, Adolescent Self-Efficacy, and Adult Income" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2546.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.