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ERIC Number: ED119943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana