ERIC Number: ED097132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-25
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Achieved Level of Living in a Mississippi Delta County: A Step-wise Multiple Regression Model with Emphasis on Race and Related Background Characteristics.
McCoy, John L.
Washington County, Mississippi was selected as the site for this study because it manifested many of the rural social problems of the larger 11 county Yazoo Mississippi Delta region. During the spring of 1971 a sample of 418 males, 45 years of age and younger, were interviewed to investigate achieved level of living. The sample was about evenly distributed racially (white and black) and residentially (farm and urban areas). Among the basic study objectives were: (1) to specify those factors which influence achievement and examine the casual and intervening function of such factors; (2) to determine the degree to which childhood level of living determines achievement (along with other predictors); and (3) to specify how race influences achievement. A conclusion suggested by the findings was that the complex of circumstances, including race, which established one's social inheritance were among some of the most powerful factors which influenced ultimate achievement. When race was statistically controlled, education accounted for a sizable amount of the variation on achievement which would otherwise have been explained by ascribed status. The relationship between resident-origin-linkages and occupation suggested that an urban environment represented a more opportunistic social structure for blacks. Among both blacks and whites the higher the wife's educational attainment, the greater the respondent's achievement rank. Manipulations of the multiple regression model impressively increased black achievement, but parity with whites was not attainable. (BRDR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
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