ERIC Number: ED110235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Congruency of Attitudes and Status Attainment: Some Observations on Early Adult Behavior in the Non-Metropolitan South.
Cosby, Arthur G.; And Others
Emphasizing the relationship between adult attitudes and adult attainment, data, collected via personal interview, were obtained from the 3rd wave and the black and white male subset of a 3 wave panel (1966, 1968-69, and 1972) of a study of Southern nonmetropolitan youth. Patterns of congruency and deflection in occupational and educational attitudes and attainment were analyzed for 427 white and 268 black males. The following related phenomena were examined in terms of occupation and education: (1) aspirational levels; (2) expectational levels; (3) attainment levels; (4) the deflection and (6) the deflection between attainment and aspiration. Aspiration and expectation levels for future occupational and educational attainment were apparently "unrealistic" in terms of available opportunities and appeared to be marginal when related to present attainment. Although among the whites the level of these variables somewhat exceeded those found among the blacks, both groups generally were found to have unrealistic and optimistic attitudes. It was hypothesized that unrealistic future orientations can have positive consequences in a success-oriented society for those who are not succeeding, since by projecting future achievements, they do not have to admit failure. (Author/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.