Life-course changes in the mediation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills for parental effects on children's academic achievement

Amy Hsin, Yu Xie

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Abstract

We assess life-course changes in how cognitive and noncognitive skills mediate the effect of parental SES on children's academic achievement using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort. Our results show: (1) the direct effect of parental SES declines while the mediating effect of skills increases over time; (2) cognitive and non-cognitive skills differ in their temporal sensitivities to parental origin; and (3) in contrast to the effect of cognitive skills, the mediating effect of non-cognitive skills increases over time because non-cognitive skills are more sensitive to changes in parental SES. Our results offer insights into the dynamic role skill formation play in status attainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-165
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Science Research
Volume63
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Child development
  • Cognitive skills
  • Educational achievement
  • Non-cognitive skills

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