Exposure to Food Insecurity during Adolescence and Educational Attainment

Colleen Heflin, Rajeev Darolia, Sharon Kukla-Acevedo

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Abstract

Previous research has documented the negative consequences of exposure to food insecurity over the early childhood period in terms of health and cognitive and behavioral outcomes, but less research has explored the consequences of exposure to food insecurity at other points in childhood. We examine the association between food insecurity during adolescence and educational attainment. We begin by exploring a conceptual framework for the potential mechanisms that might lead adolescents who experience food insecurity to have differential educational outcomes. Then, we use descriptive and regression analysis to see whether food insecurity is associated with lower educational attainment using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Transition to Adulthood Survey. We find that exposure to food insecurity during adolescence predicts lower levels of educational attainment by reducing college attendance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-469
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Problems
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (grant number 9OPD0277 to Heflin), this article represents the views of the authors and not the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This research uses public-use, de-identified, secondary data and is, therefore, not considered human subjects research as defined by the Syracuse University Institutional Review Board.

Funding Information:
Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (grant number 9OPD0277 to Heflin), this article represents the views of the authors and not the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This research uses public-use, de-identified, secondary data and is, therefore, not considered human subjects research as defined by the Syracuse University Institutional Review Board.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Author(s).

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • educational attainment
  • food insecurity
  • poverty
  • transition to adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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