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Title: Jumping the Achievement Gap: Grit and Socioeconomic Status in Princeton Students
Authors: Orozco, Beatriz
Advisors: Girgus, Joan
Contributors: Todorov, Alexander
Department: Psychology
Class Year: 2014
Abstract: In recent years the personality characteristic grit, defined by Duckworth et al., 2007 as “perseverance and the passion for long term goals,” has been shown to have a significant positive impact on many kinds of achievement. The present study used a sample of students at Princeton University (N = 178) to examine the connections between grit, achievement, and socioeconomic status in a population of high achievers. The results confirmed those of Duckworth et al., and also partially confirmed my hypothesis, that low-SES students would have higher grit than high- SES students. Specifically, mother’s educational attainment was a highly significant negative predictor of grit. It was also discovered that optimism and attributional style are positively predictive of grit.
Extent: 67 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Psychology, 1930-2017

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