Strong Family Relationships Help Halt 'Downward Mobility,' Study Finds

One young person in four failed to reach his or her parents' level of postsecondary education, according to a study of American youth in 2007, and the phenomenon is one form of "downward mobility."

While researchers have traditionally seen class, race, aptitude, and the level of parental education as the chief explanations for academic success (or lack thereof), a new study being presented at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting in Vancouver