ERIC Number: ED206583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Fathers' Career Aspirations for Sons in Competitive Ice Hockey Programs.
Berlage, Gai Ingham
A survey was made of 107 fathers of boys aged 11 and 12 competing in the Pee Wee Level Division III of the Connecticut State Ice Hockey Tournament. The questionnaire was designed to examine the career aspirations of the fathers for their sons in ice hockey, and to determine their attitudes toward their son's participation in the sport as it relates to future ambitions. The majority of the fathers were college graduates with upper level professional or business careers, and of predominantly middle or upper middle class standing. Most hoped that their sons would play high school and college hockey. While some of the fathers voiced a hope that their sons would play professional hockey, this aspiration was recognized as unrealistic. Every father wanted his son to attend college, and eighty-one percent of the fathers stated that academic achievement was more important to them for their sons than social or sports achievement. Ninety-three percent felt that participation in a competitive sport would help their son's career. A comparison is made between this survey and several Canadian surveys which revealed that the majority of young ice hockey players in Canada are of lower socioeconomic status and have higher aspirations to become professional ice hockey players. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Connecticut; Ice Hockey
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Symposium of the International Committee for the Sociology of Sport (1st, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 28-June 2, 1981).