ERIC Number: ED059702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Socioeconomic Level Differences on Holland's Self-Directed Search (SDS).
Lewis, Ann H.; Sedlacek, William E.
The Self-Directed Search is a self-administered, self-scored instrument constructed to enable persons to assess their resemblance to each of 6 occupational types (realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional) thereby aiding them in achieving greater vocational success and satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to determine if the results of the SDS vary according to the level of education attained by the parents of those completing the instrument. The sample students were divided into a high and low group. The high group students had fathers who had at least a college education, and the low group students had fathers with less than a high school education. Results indicate that students from both high and low groups aspire to similar occupations, but that low group students generally choose occupations requiring less education. This indicates that social class tends to perpetuate itself. The writers conclude that the SDS does include a measure of socioeconomic level, and the implications of using the SDS without the aid of a counselor could be great. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.