ERIC Number: ED190286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rural Youth in Washington State: Sociological Studies, 1954-1974. Bulletin 818.
Slocum, Walter L.
Data that were collected at various times during the period 1952-1971 were brought together to portray some of the important norms that guided the attitudes and actions of high school and college students in Washington. Family culture and delinquency data collected from 3,242 high school students in 1957, 1958, and 1959 dealt with teenage activities, aspirations, and attitudes. Nearly all who responded admitted behavior that was illegal or contrary to commonly accepted standards of morality. A rural study of 3,260 high school students (1964-1965) and a vocational study of 3,117 juniors and seniors (1965-1966) produced data relating to educational and occupational interests and aspirations, peer group influence, and extra-curricular activities. The rural study indicated that peer groups were seldom constructive resources for socialization of youth. The vocational study showed an upsurge in the proportion of students who aspired to attain college, but did not indicate a strong thrust toward the redefinition of female roles. High school girls showed strong preferences for occupations traditionally considered women's work. A follow-up study in 1971 of 717 persons indicated that the great majority of young men and women had completed some college work before entering the labor force permanently. Data concerning military service were also obtained in three samples. (CM)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Attitudes, Career Education, Career Planning, College Attendance, College Students, Delinquent Behavior, Educational Policy, Family Influence, Followup Studies, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Moral Values, Peer Influence, Rural Youth, Sex Role, Social Characteristics
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Coll. of Agriculture.