ERIC Number: ED215205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Career Values and Aspirations of Adult Female and Male Puerto Ricans, Blacks, and Anglos.
Dillard, John M.; Campbell, N. Jo
A study was conducted (1) to examine career values and aspirations among adults of Puerto Rican, Black, and Anglo ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and (2) to determine the extent to which career values and aspirations vary between the men and women in each of these ethnic groups. The participants were 304 adult men and women representing 194 families who lived in a large urban area of western New York state. The participants' social-class position was assessed with Hollinghead's Two Factor Index of Social Position; both education and occupation were applied to determine the socioeconomic status. Smith's Survey of Work Values (SWV) was used to measure the participants' career values. To measure the participants' career aspirations, researchers asked subjects to state the career choice they preferred for themselves over all others. The results showed that there were significant career value variations among the three ethnic groups. The medians of the career value scores of the Black and the Puerto Rican women were identical, while the median of the scores of the Anglo women was lower. The medians of the Black men and the Puerto Rican men were similar, while the median of the scores of the Anglo men was lower. Career aspirations, unlike career values, evidenced no distinct patterns among or within the three ethnic groups. The research suggests that there appear to be significant variations in levels of career values among the three ethnic groups, but differences in quality of career values is not suggested by the researchers. It is suspected, however, that how individual Puerto Ricans, Anglos, and Blacks act on their career values should have more importance to career counselors than their between-group differences. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 1982).