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ERIC Number: ED139579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 88
Abstractor: N/A
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Family Background and Occupational Attainment: Replication and Extension Through a 24-Year Follow-Up. Pennsylvania State University, A.E. & R.S. 128, April 1977.
Gansemer, Lawrence P.; Bealer, Robert C.
Using data generated from the records of 460 rural-reared Pennsylvania males contacted initially as sophomores in 1947 and again in 1957 and 1971, an effort was made to replicate the tradition of path analytic, causal modeling of status attainment in American society and to assess the empirical efficacy of certain family input variables not previously used by other researchers (home environment, adult income aspiration, financial management behavior, and participation in work-related associations). Other variables employed were: father's and mother's education; father's occupation; number of siblings; measured intelligence; parental achievement training; high school performance; educational attainment; early adult occupational attainment. An attempt was made to further the utility of the Duncan-Wisconsin model of status attainment by comparing the findings of major past surveys with the Pennsylvania model. Results indicated the degree of confirmation among the various regional and national surveys furnishes an empirical basis supporting the significant role of the family in the development of individual human resources, an active orientation, and achievement behavior in the adolescent stages as well as the variable relationships in the early adult stages of respondent life cycles; of the new variables examined, only home environment demonstrated a significant contribution to the occupational attainment paradigm. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania