ERIC Number: ED056812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Mobility Orientation and Mobility Skills of Youth in an Institutionally Dislocated Group: The Pima Indian. Indian Affairs (No. 5).
De Hoyos, Genevieve
The main thesis of this study is that the failure of the American Indian to achieve social and economic integration in American society during a century of reservation life, and specifically the failure of the Indian family to prepare its youth to face the competitive expectations of the other social institutions, is directly related to the dislocation of the institutional life on the reservation. In order to test this thesis empirically, 439 Pima students' (grades 7 through 12) projections of status mobility for education and occupation were ascertained. It was revealed that some aspects of the mobility orientation of Pima youth are high while others are low. Educational aspirations are especially high; occupational aspirations are lower; the materialistic value-orientations are particularly low; the pro-Anglo orientation is not high enough when it is considered that most of the opportunities for social mobility are outside the reservation; and it would appear that the Pima family is not able to acquire and pass on the mobility skills needed to achieve social mobility in the Anglo society. (LS)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Acculturation, American Indians, Boarding Schools, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Lag, Disadvantaged, Dropouts, Educationally Disadvantaged, Family (Sociological Unit), Occupational Aspiration, Public Schools, Religious Factors, Research, Rural Youth, Secondary School Students, Statistical Analysis, Student Adjustment
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Inst. of American Indian Studies.
Identifiers: Pima (Tribe)