ERIC Number: ED124328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Social Origins and Attitudinal Effects on Educational Status Attainment.
Thomas, John K.; And Others
Research objectives were to present and analyze a causal model of educational attainment and to include with parental socioeconomic status the number of siblings as an intervening social origin variable impacting on attitudes and attainment. Data were obtained from a three-wave longitudinal study (1966, 1968, and 1972) of 221 white nonmetropolitan male youth (Alabama, Georgia, and Texas). The variables measured were parental socioeconomic status, number of siblings, significant other influence, work value, level of occupational aspirations, level of educational aspiration, and educational attainment. Findings indicated: the application of a status attainment model to a nonmetropolitan Southern data set yielded results similar to those reported in the original models developed by Blau-Duncan and Sewell in that the formation of adolescent attitudes were important mediating influences immediately antecedent to adult status attainment; 88% of the effects of socioeconomic status on educational attainment were found to be mediated by the five intervening influences (level of occupational and educational aspiration appeared to be the most important); the formation of attitudes was found to be associated with the antecedent influences of social origins and significant other encouragement; sibling number also played a role in development attitudes. (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.