ERIC Number: ED116859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-21
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Perceptions of Goal Blockages Associated with Occupational Choice of a Panel of South Carolina Youth, 1967-1972.
Boyd, Virlyn A.; Pettigrew, Nancy J.
In order to examine changes in: (1) occupational aspirations, (2) perceptions of goal blockages to occupational aspirations, and (3) values associated with occupational choice, a sample of South Carolina young adults were surveyed. Useable data were obtained from 75 white and 75 black males and 50 white and 50 black females who had been contacted as 10th and 12th graders and again as young adults in 1972. Responses relative to occupational aspirations indicated no marked changes, though: (1) white male managerial and white female technical/professional aspirations had increased; (2) black male glamour aspirations had decreased and their service worker aspirations had increased; (3) black female service worker aspirations had decreased while their sales/Clerical aspirations had increased. Responses relative to value changes and occupational choice indicated: (1) the chance to make money had decreased in importance while a somewhat more altruistic attitude had increased among all groups; (2) the chance to become an important person had decreased in importance for all groups except white females; (3) steady employment had increased in importance for all except white males. Responses relative to goal blockage indicated: (1) an increase in black male and female perceptions of race as a job deterrent, (2) a decrease among all group perceptions of lack of technical schools as a deterrent, (3) a decrease among all groups in geographic immobility perceptions. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina