Living doubled-up: Influence of unstable living environments on educational participation

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

American Educational Research Association Annual Conference


Denver, CO

Conference Dates

April 30-May 4, 2010

Date of Presentation



Framed by Resiliency Theory, this study investigated how living doubled-up influenced the youth’s educational participation. The seven month case study of four adolescents living in Los Angeles used data gathered from interviews, observations and document analysis to identify risk and protective characteristics of the youth’s experiences. This study demonstrated how complex the residential situations were as well as identifying aspects of living doubled-up that encouraged educational success. Main findings from the study suggest that: (1) families have multiple ways of arranging doubled-up residences; and, (2) how the families structure the doubled-up residences influences educational resilience.

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