Author: Smock, Pamela J., & Wilson, Franklin D.

Title: Desegregation and the Stability of White Enrollments: A School-Level Analysis, 1968-84

University Affiliation: University of Michigan


Research Question:

  1. Is the alteration of a school's racial composition during desegregation associated with the subsequent withdrawal of White pupils?
  2. In relation to long-term effects, are the school-enrollment patterns of White pupils in the post-desegregation period distinct from those prior to desegregation?

Published: Yes

Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation: Sociology of Education

Journal Entry: Vol. 64, No. 4, Pp. 278-292

Year: 1991


  1. The proportion of Black students in a district, the implementation of minor desegregation plans and the substantial proportions of Hispanic pupils in a district are each associated with reduced enrollments of White pupils in school.
  2. The enrollment of White students is sensitive to district-level factors. Parents may withdraw students from a school even if it is not currently involved in desegregation.
  3. The authors find little support for the idea that desegregation prompts resegregation.

Scholarship Type Journal Article Empirical Research

Keywords: Desegregation, Racial Composition, Segregation, White Flight

Regions National

Methodologies: Quantitative

Research Designs: Secondary Survey Data

Method of Analysis: Regression

Sampling Frame: Nine school districts in the US

Sample Types: Population

Unit of Analysis: School, School District

Data Types: Quantitative-Longitudinal

Data Description:


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