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Is maternal education or family poverty a better predictor of girls dropping out of school? Evidence on the comprehensive effect of rural communities in India

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Abstract: Community and family are the key social institutions to cultivate early life courses for adolescents. Limited studies in India have investigated the socio-economic conditions and community contacts of girls who drop out of school. In recent years, the multiple benefits of women s education have been increasingly recognized; Therefore, it is necessary to study the community factors of school suspension, especially in rural areas. The purpose of this study is to analyze the impact of maternal education, community poverty and gender equality attitude on girls dropout. The study used baseline survey data from the underperforming regional intervention program in India. Collinearity between individual predictors of variance expansion factor testtep-wise binary-logistic regression. Result suggests that communities with high concentrations of poverty and mother illiteracy are disadvantages with low gender perception and high levels of dropouts. Result suggests that girls living in poor communities are three times more likely to dropout and 70 more if belonged to communities with lower mother literacy. Girls who scored low on Gender Equitable Scale had less probability to dropout. The study concludes that girls from poor communities with low levels of mother literacy and non-egalitarian gender attitudes are at higher risk of school dropout.

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