ERIC Number: ED242825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Parental Influence on the Educational and Career Decisions of Hispanic Youth.
Hispanic American youths' educational and career aspirations and expectations and parental influence on these attitudes are the subject of this study. Variables studied include parent status items (occupation, education, income). Comparisons among Hispanic subgroups (Mexican Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and other Latins) and among Hispanics, Blacks, and Whites are also made. Findings, based on data from the High School And Beyond Longitudinal Study, show that minority youths' aspirations and expectations are lower than those of young Whites. Moreover, Hispanics rank below Blacks on these measures. Within the Hispanic community, Puerto Ricans have the lowest aspirations/expectations followed by Mexican Americans. Cubans seem to have the best self-image and the most confidence in their ability; they also have the highest socioeconomic status of any Hispanic subgroup. Family status plays a role in the formation of youth aspirations/expectations. Less educated parents tend to have children with lower educational expectations (in spite of high aspirations). Highly educated Hispanic parents have higher expectations for their children's education and career plans than do less educated parents. Hispanic mothers have greater influence on their children than Black and White mothers and fathers. Cuban parents, in particular, have the highest aspirations for their children, followed by Mexican American parents; Puerto Rican parents have lower aspirations. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: High School and Beyond (NCES)
Note: Prepared at the Hispanic Youth Employment Research Center.