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ERIC Number: ED101883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
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Some Qualitative Aspects of Youth's Occupational Status Projections: A Sex Comparison.
The purpose of this comparison was to examine qualitative differences between male and female occupational aspirations to better understand similarities and/or differences in level of aspiration. Selected samples of students (3,123) and mothers (425) from 2 regional research projects constituted the source of data. Respondents were from low income families in predominantly rural areas of the Southern and Southwestern U.S. Data on 3 samples of black and white elementary students (North Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi) and 2 samples of mothers (Kentucky and Mississippi) from 1968 studies and data on East Texas black, white, and Chicano sophomores (1966 and 1972); Arizona Navaho sophomores (1972); and Mississippi Choctaw sophomores, juniors, and seniors (1974) were analyzed. One elementary sample was used in a high school followup analyzation. Group administered questionnaires with open-ended aspiration elicitors established some degree of sample comparability. Findings revealed that occupational aspirations of elementary females and their mothers were narrowly clustered in 2 categories--middle professional (50 percent to 66 percent) and clerical (20 percent). Considerably more dispersion was noted for elementary males. Among high school respondents there was some increase in dispersion for females, but middle professional and clerical categories showed clustering (66 percent). High school males showed increased dispersion. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
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