ERIC Number: ED111539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Race-Sex Variations in the Dynamics of Status Attainment as Related to Aspiration Formation: A Causal Analysis.
Picou, J. Steven; And Others
In an effort to understand the dynamics of the status attainment process, the effects of significant-other influences were analyzed in terms of sexual and racial differences. Data were derived from a proportionate, stratified, random cluster sample of Louisiana high school seniors. High schools were stratified on the basis of residence (urban/rural), school type (public/parochial), race (black/white), and size of senior class (less than 100, 100-500, and over 500). Group administered questionnaires provided responses for: 1,175 white males; 287 black males; 1,168 white females; and 390 black females. The variables employed were: father's and mother's education and father's occupation (exogenous); high school grade point average, educational encouragement (parental, teacher, and peer), and peer modeling behavior (intervening); and educational and occupational aspiration (dependent). Results indicated that: (1) school performance and peer modeling were the most important variables in the formation of career aspirations of all respondents, regardless of race/sex criteria; (2) peer influence was a modeling influence for black and white youth of both sexes; and (3) mother's education influenced black and white female aspirations, while school performance and peer modeling significantly influenced male aspirations. (JC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Females, Grade Point Average, High School Seniors, High School Students, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Background, Parent Influence, Peer Groups, Racial Differences, Rural Urban Differences, Sex Differences, Social Influences, Teacher Influence, Whites
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