ERIC Number: ED191608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-7
Reference Count: 0
Life Plans of Low-Income Girls in the United States.
Kenkel, William F.
A longitudinal study conducted in six southern states dealt with four population categories (poor youth, rural youth, black youth, and females) frequently neglected in status aspiration, career goal, and life plans research. The term "life plans" included educational and occupational aspirations as well as expectations of age at marriage, number of children desired, and place of residence desired. Analyses were organized into background, parenting, middle childhood, and high school factors. The sample (planned to yield as many blacks as whites and to restrict the study to subjects from areas marked by poverty and high unemployment) consisted of 311 primarily rural females who were questioned in 1969 as fifth or sixth graders and again in 1975 (if they had not married or dropped out of school) and the mothers of these girls. The following factors were found to be associated with "age at marriage" expectations: race; father's education; prestige of mother's occupation; perception of loving, punishing or demanding mother; occupational counseling of daughter by mother; self-concept; occupational and educational aspirations and expectations; occupational saliency; and residential preferences. Factors associated with larger family size expectations were: rural residence, black race, lower socioeconomic status, father unemployed, and lower prestige of desired and expected occupation. (AN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Aspiration, Child Rearing, Comparative Analysis, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Family Characteristics, Family Planning, Females, Longitudinal Studies, Low Income Groups, Marriage, Parent Attitudes, Place of Residence, Racial Differences, Rural Youth, Self Concept
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers: Southern Regional Research Projects; United States (South)
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress for Rural Sociology (5th, Mexico City, August 7-12, 1980). Paper contributes to USDA Cooperative State Research Service Southern Regional Projects S-63 and S-126.