ERIC Number: ED254354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Consistency between Personal Residential Expectations and Parental Preferences as Perceived by Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Youth in Utah.
Toney, Michael B.; And Others
Consistency between personal residential expectations and parental preferences was analyzed through results from 1,957 nonmetropolitan and 1,347 metropolitan questionnaires from Utah's 1980 graduating high school seniors. Students responded to two questions asking where they thought their parents/guardians wanted them to live after graduation and where students thought they would live after graduation. There were significant differences between the percentage of youth expecting to stay in their home community and the percentage perceiving their parents as wanting them to stay. Of the metropolitan youth, 65.9% expected to stay in their current county while 79.9% perceived their parents as wanting them to stay. Of the nonmetropolitan youth, only 41.2% expected to stay while 56.1% perceived their parents as wanting them to stay. Differences between various measures (sex, religion, family status, length of residence) and each of the two dependent variables (personal expectations and perceived parental preferences) across the metropolitan and nonmetropolitan settings were significant. Among metropolitan and nonmetropolitan seniors the perceived parental preferences and personal expectations were more often consistent for Mormons than for non-Mormons. The metropolitan-nonmetropolitan discrepancy between parental preferences and personal expectancy among those perceiving their parents as wanting them to stay suggests that nonmetropolitan areas are less appealing to youth than to their parents. Four tables and a page of references conclude the report. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mormons; Utah
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Rural Sociological Society Meeting (Lexington, KY, August 17-20, 1983).