ERIC Number: ED119943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Career Contingencies and the Formation of Educational Plans: An Analysis of White Adolescent Males and Females in Rural Louisiana.
Smith, Kevin B.; And Others
Data gathered via random sampling from white, unmarried high school seniors (143 males and 158 females) in rural Louisiana were utilized to test the following hypotheses: (1) social origin will affect significant other influence; (2) social origin and significant other influence will affect educational plans and will be largely mediated through significant other influence; (3) social origin and significant other influence will affect both marital and fertility plans; (4) marital and fertility plans will be related to educational plans; and (5) sex will not affect significant other influence or educational plans but will affect marital and fertility plans. Survey responses were analyzed in terms of the following variables: Social Origin (father's and mother's education and major family income-earner's occupation); Significant Other Influence (encouragement from parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and friends and peer modeling); and Marital, Fertility, and Educational Plans. Results indicated: (1) the "modeling" mode of influence was especially sensitive to social origin factors; (2) there was agreement with prior research concerning the mediating role of significant other influence; (3) the effect of others was a crucial source of influence on educational plans; (4) there were no decidedly different processual variations between males and females. (JC)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Career Planning, Family Planning, High School Seniors, High School Students, Hypothesis Testing, Marriage, Parent Influence, Peer Groups, Role Models, Rural Youth, Sex Differences, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Background, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana