ERIC Number: ED073184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Looking Ahead: Self-Conceptions, Race, and Family as Determinants of Adolescent Orientation to Achievement. The Arnold and Caroline Rose Monograph Series in Sociology.
All discussions of what might have produced particular configurations of family structure among low-income blacks (or whites) have generally assumed an essential link between family structure and "pathology." This monograph is an attempt to provide some of the lacking theoretical structure and to evaluate more of the necessary empirical evidence of this logically necessary but previously implicit connecting link between large-scale institutional factors and individual socialization. Constructing a theoretical model involves the simultaneous consideration of the mutual relations between four sets of variables: (1) basic social structural categories (race and social class); (2) immediate social arrangements (family role structure); (3) specific intervening factors (measured mental ability of the child, parental aspiration, and relevant self-conceptions); and, finally, (4) hypothesized behavioral and attitudinal outcomes (educational aspiration, actual school achievement and selection, and occupational expectation). In this monograph, multiple-control cross-tabulations will be presented first in order to show graphically the nature of the complex relations. Then, an attempt will be made to employ the technique, relatively new to sociology, called path analysis, as the procedure most appropriate in discussing and portraying the mutual and simultaneous relations among independent, intervening, and dependent variables. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Aspiration, Black Students, Family Structure, Intelligence, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Aspiration, Race, Research Methodology, Self Concept, Socialization, Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior
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Authoring Institution: American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.