ERIC Number: ED107394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Perceived Occupational Goal Blocks of Southern Youth.
Sollie, Ray; Lightsey, Mike
The perceived occupational goal blocks of 614 employed young adults from five Southern States were examined in 1972 and compared with goal deflection data derived from the same sample in 1966. Respondents were asked to rate 10 goal block items on a 1 to 4 scale. These 10 items were ranked according to total scores and percents of possible high scores for each item. Utilizing 1966 data, perceived occupational goal block scores for three sample subsets (race, sex, and residence) were computed and then compared with scores of the total sample. In order to see how all respondents rated goal blocks by type and to see if the same relationship held for each of the subset samples, the 10 item list was grouped into three categories (Personal, Enabling, and Structural). Additionally, the relationship between perceived occupational goal blocks and occupational goal deflection (determined via comparison of 1966 and 1972 data) were examined. Findings indicated that perception of goal blocks varied for different groups and by goal types, and that no relationship existed between occupational goal deflection and perceived occupational goal blocks. Race appeared to be the most consistent differentiating factor, for blacks perceived Personal goal block items as critical, 75 percent perceiving their own intelligence as a negative factor in terms of desired occupation. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station, State College.