ERIC Number: ED066612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Work Attitudes of Disadvantaged Black Men: A Methodological Inquiry.
Springer, Philip B.; Anderson, Sydney C.
A series of 185 interviews in the San Francisco Bay area, conducted by 15 young black men with college backgrounds, dealt with the employment-related experiences, problems, and attitudes of a random sample of black males who were participants in one of 11 federal and private manpower programs, or were labor force nonparticipants. Comparisons were made among those who had taken jobs and stayed, those who had left jobs, those labor force nonparticipants who had worked at some time, and those who had never worked. Various attitudes were examined in relation to labor force participation and duration on a job. Discontent with work norms, perceived discrimination, and a preference for hustling (illicit behavior) were related inversely to labor force participation, while the importance of home and family, the drive to get ahead, and some commitment to work values were related directly. Favorable perceptions of the current job showed the strongest relationship to duration on a job. Job "stayers" were more likely to be from the South. Fifty-five tables present the data. A description of the interviewers' interaction with the respondents and suggestions for further research are included. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.