Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
crime, arrest, dropout, attrition, high school, poverty, south, school, intersectionality
The high school student attrition rate in the United States is unexpectedly high. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate a correlation between high school non-completion and criminal arrest rates in order to establish the importance of improving the public school system in the country. I analyze dropout rates, crime rates, and demographic differences through an ecological study of the United States. States with high dropout rates also have high overall arrest rates, families living in poverty, and are more religious. These factors are particularly present across the Southeast United States as well as the Southwest, particularly those with large amounts of Indian Reservations. I explore how these factors may be interconnected with dropout rates and offer explanations for these relationships.
Kiley, Mallory, "Dropout or Delinquent: An Ecological Analysis of High School Attrition Rates in Correlation to Criminal Behavior" (2018). Honors Theses. 1698.