Personality traits, attitudes, and behavioral intentions of high school seniors prior to attending or not attending institutions of higher education were explored. Because of this age-group’s risk level, variables assessed included historical social/cultural factors, internal/contextual factors, and lifestyle factors potentially associated with violence experiences. Participants were seniors at 24 Kentucky high schools who voluntarily completed surveys. A year later, 2,073 reported whether they attended a 4-year institution (n = 1,038), a 2-year institution (n = 341), or did not attend college (n = 694). The 4-year college attendees reported significantly more protective factors and significantly fewer violence risk factors in high school than peers attending 2-year institutions or not attending college. The 2-year college students largely resembled nonattendees across variables in high school. Traits, behaviors, and attitudes/beliefs occurring prior to young adults’ postsecondary years may not only have potential for predicting post-high school choices but also vulnerability to violence experiences.
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - Jun 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by National Institutes of Health R01HD075783.
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- 2-year colleges
- college students
- high school
- violence risk factors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Life-span and Life-course Studies