ERIC Number: ED058522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
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Bridges and Ladders: A Descriptive Study in New Careers. Rehabilitation Occupations for the Disadvantaged and Advantaged.
Berman, Gerald S.; And Others
Three issues related to New Careers have been explored among a group of college students who are in the main children of lower white collar and blue collar parents, including some with poverty or ghetto backgrounds. The New Careers program has two major components: helping the poor through meaningful employment and opportunity for career ladder advancement in the human services, and helping professionals in social agencies through making available a supply of subprofessional indigenous workers, capable of bridging the gap between staff and clients by cross-interpreting agency and community. The three issues are: (1) Are the poor or those with restricted occupational choices responding to New Careers opportunities? (2) What is the effect of high mobility aspirations on New Careers' interest; is the career-ladder idea sufficient to hold those from lower-class backgrounds? and (3) Is the bridging function congenial to New Careerists, and how does it jibe with the idea of job advancement? Tentative and partial findings show: (1) New Careerists are predominantly Black and female, from the lowest socioeconomic levels; (2) Their mobility aspirations are relatively high; and (3) The conditions for achieving success in the bridging role are less than favorable. Notes, references, and a brief appendix describing the family socialization for competence scale are provided. (DB)
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Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH. Dept. of Sociology.