ERIC Number: ED043436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug-30
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Parental Values, Educational Attainment, and Occupational Mobility Among Rural Youth in the Ozarks.
Oberle, Wayne H.; Campbell, Rex R.
This 1966 study of 1,413 household heads residing in the rural Ozarks has shown at least partial support for the hypothesis that parental values mitigate the limitations of low socioeconomic status (SES) for the educational attainment and intergenerational occupational mobility of the migrant children of the male heads. Major findings were that (1) educational attainment of migrant children was positively and significantly related to the head's SES and to the father's educational need, defined as his perceptions of the level of educational attainment needed (not wanted or expected) by his children for "getting ahead in the world" and (2) intergenerational occupational mobility of migrant children was positively and significantly related to the head's SES but only positively related to educational need. The study also found (1) a weak positive relationship between the head's SES and the occupational expectations of youth; (2) a weak positive but significant relationship between the head's SES and occupational aspirations of youth; (3) a strong positive and significant relationship between the head's SES and the educational expectations of youth; and (4) a strong positive and significant relationship between the head's SES and educational need. Results of this study indicate the potential fruitfulness of viewing facilitating valuation and educational need as concepts supplementing the concepts of aspiration and expectation. (Author/AL)
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Note: Paper presented to the Rural Sociological Society at the 1970 Annual Meetings (Washington, D.C., August 26-30, 1970)