ERIC Number: ED111538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Residence and the Dynamics of Status Attainment as Related to Aspiration Formation.
Picou, J. Steven; Carter, T. Michael
In an effort to understand the dynamics of the status attainment process, the effects of significant-other influence on aspirations were considered. Data were derived from group administered questionnaires of a proportionate, stratified, random cluster sample of Louisiana high school seniors. Utilizing data on 1,241 white males, residence controls were employed and the dynamics of significant-other influence were analyzed across 5 community of origin categories (rural non-farm; rural-farm; villages of less than 2,500; small cities of 1,500 to 100,000; and large cities of 100,000 or more). The variables employed were: occupational and educational aspiration (dependent); father's and mother's education and father's occupation (exogenous); and high school grade point average, educational encouragement (parental, teacher, and peer), and peer modeling behavior (intervening). Results indicated that peer modeling influence had the strongest effects on aspirations when contrasted to other forms of significant-other influence. The impact of peer modeling behavior on aspirations was found to be singificantly greater in rural than urban communities, while an opposite residential trend was observed for parental influence. Results were interpreted in terms of the structural character of peer-group influence and suggestions were made for further research. (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.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana