ERIC Number: ED087606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
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Black-White Variations in a Model of the Occupational Plans Process of Southern Youth.
Picou, J. Steven
The occupational plans of a sample of white and black high school seniors were analyzed by a model which included the following variables: father's occupation, family income, father's education, and academic performance. A proportionate, stratified, random cluster sample of Louisiana high school seniors was selected in November 1970, yielding a total of 3,245 respondents. High schools within the state were stratified on the basis of residence (rural-urban), school type (public-parochial), and school size (large-medium-small). Path analyses were conducted separately by residence and racial categories within residence. Within models by specific control categories the path coefficients revealed that the 3 social status variables were rather weak predictors of academic performance, while academic performance manifested the strongest independent effects on occupational plans. A comparison of models across control categories was made utilizing path regression coefficients. The findings of this analysis indicated that, comparatively, father's education had the strongest impact on occupational plans for all control categories. The effect of this variable was substantially less for rural black respondents. These findings and others were discussed along with proposals for future research in this general area. (Author/KM)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana