Dropping out results in lasting consequences for girls, study finds

March 7, 2012

According to a new study by the Fédération autonome de l'enseignment, which represents 32,000 teachers in Quebec, girls' decision to quit school can have distinct, long-lasting consequences, even on the girls' eventual children. The study of 26 Quebec women ages 19 to 54 who were dropouts found that female dropouts are more at risk than their male counterparts of being unemployed, of having precarious job situations, and of ending up on welfare or being financially dependent on a spouse. The lead researcher says the study was not meant as an exhaustive examination of the issue but rather an initial analysis of the lifelong effect on women of quitting school. The study concludes that schools should do more to keep girls in secondary school and that more kindergarten and daycare programs should be available to help low-income mothers. FAE News Release (in French) | Montreal Gazette