ERIC Number: ED096583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Careers of Black Youth in the Metro-East Area. Final Report.
Aschenbrenner, Joyce C.
A descriptive account of influences on careers of black youth in the metro-east area, based on a relatively upwardly mobile group, shows the influence of family over teachers, counselors, and other nonrelatives on youth in their educational and occupational careers, and the educational and occupational deprivation of local black families in the past. These influences result in the frequent inability of black youth to take advantage of opportunities that may be opening up for blacks in metro-east, through lack of example from "significant others," faulty, or scanty information, or in some instances unrealistic goals. Another finding is the generally high aspirational level among black youth. Given a lack of opportunity or an inability to take advantage of opportunity, this condition can lead to a highly frustrating and potentially explosive situation. Attempts by the community to improve the situation are described, resulting in programs and cultural enterprises by groups and individuals that involve the informal, primary-type relationships that prevail in black social life. It is recommended that counselors in the educational system become aware of black family structure and employ it as a model for counseling among black youth. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois