ERIC Number: ED070817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Participation in a Health Careers Orientation Program and Family Support for a Health Career Choice on Health Career Interests of Young People.
Crawford, Charles O.
The effects of two factors which may influence the interests of young people in a health career are examined--family support and participation in a careers orientation program. An experimental group of 27 Grade 8 students was matched with a control group of 27 students according to parental education, color, and sex. The experimental group attended a 15-week program in a hospital setting to observe the task performances of health personnel. Field interviews were held for parents and older siblings. Data analysis was presented in tables, revealing that those who had strong family support were more than twice as likely to show interest in an allied health career as those without such encouragement. The same ratio applied for program participants, whose family support was much greater than for non-participants. Students in a coal mining community and in a Puerto Rican community were also included. Limitations to this study include lack of information about student selection, lack of knowledge about relationships among variables, and the necessity for further longitudinal studies. (AG)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance, Disadvantaged Youth, Family Influence, Health Occupations, Labor Force Development, Parent Student Relationship, Participant Characteristics, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Statistical Data, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Health Council, Inc., Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Health, Harrisburg.