ERIC Number: ED104597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Early Achievement Patterns of Southern Males: Racial Profiles of Status Attainment and Mobility Attitudes.
Thomas, John K.; Cosby, Arthur G.
In an effort to improve understanding of possible racial differences in attainment levels and mobility attitudes, data derived from the 3rd wave of a 3 wave study of southern rural youth (1966, 1968, and 1972) was limited to analysis of 695 black and white males who were by 1972 four years beyond expected high school completion. Attainment indicators included occupation, education, and income, while attitudinal indicators included occupational and educational orientations, perceived well-being, and perceived goal blockage. Obtained primarily via personal interview, data revealed that: (1) for occupations and education among both black and white respondents, aspirational levels exceeded corresponding expectational levels which, in turn, exceeded attainment levels; (2) aspiration and expectation levels of blacks were lower than those of whites, with the exception of comparable educational aspirations; (3) blacks had consistently lower levels of attainment; (4) both blacks and whites were optimistic about their future relative to their present life situation, perceiving the present as improvement over past well-being; and (5) blacks more frequently perceived factors hindering attainment of the occupational goals (lack of job opportunities and financial aid for education ranked as major limiting factors). (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.