ERIC Number: ED247063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Sources of Interpersonal Influence in the Occupational and Educational Attainment Process of Rural Youth. Bulletin 729.
Questionnaire data gathered from 142 high school students in a rural Montana town were used to identify the sources of influence in setting occupational and educational goals and to analyze the amounts of information transmitted from various categories of significant others. Results showed that for both occupation and education, peers and, secondly, parents supplied the greatest amount of information. Teachers usually ranked a distant third, although they did not provide significantly more information than adult friends and other relatives and they frequently provided less information. Results showed a strong tendency for significant others to influence either occupation or education but usually not both. Researchers also found that sex, year in school, family socioeconomic status, residence, level of extracurricular activities, and level of occupational and educational aspiration were statistically significant variables, especially for occupation. Generally, parental occupational influence decreased and peer influence increased as students progressed through school, came from higher socioeconomic backgrounds, were more involved in school activities, and had higher aspirations. Also, males and females were significantly different in their sources of information for education and occupation, probably because of traditional socialization practices. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attainment, Extracurricular Activities, High School Students, High Schools, Influences, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Information, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Rural Youth, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.