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1. Fletcher, Michael A.
Many in U.S. Slip from Middle Class, Study Finds
Washington Post, September 6, 2011, Business
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Washington Post
Keyword(s): Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); College Education; Divorce; Drug Use; Economic Changes/Recession; Education; Racial Differences; Socioeconomic Status (SES)

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[Excerpts from newspaper article] Nearly one in three Americans who grew up middle-class has slipped down the income ladder as an adult, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Downward mobility is most common among middle-class people who are divorced or separated from their spouses, did not attend college, scored poorly on standardized tests, or used hard drugs, the report says.

Overall, African American men have a particularly hard time clinging to middle-class status. Thirty-eight percent of black men who grew up middle-class are downwardly mobile, nearly double the rate of white men, the report says. Hispanic men are slightly more likely than white males to fall down the economic ladder, but the difference was not statistically significant.

The findings in the report are drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a group of 12,000 interviews that researchers have followed since 1979.

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Fletcher, Michael A. "Many in U.S. Slip from Middle Class, Study Finds." Washington Post, September 6, 2011, Business.