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ERIC Number: ED190947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Racial Discrimination in Occupations: Perceived and Actual.
Turner, Castellano B.; Turner, Barbara F.
The relationship between the actual representation of Blacks in certain occupations and individual perceptions of the occupational opportunity structure were examined. A scale which rated the degree of perceived discrimination against Blacks in 21 occupations was administered to 75 black male, 70 black female, 1,429 white male and 1,457 white female university freshmen. Underrepresentation of Blacks in each of these occupations, according to 1970 Census data, was assumed to indicate actual discrimination. Correlations of perceived discrimination with this putative measure of actual discrimination yielded substantial and highly significant coefficients among all four race-gender groups. The perceptions of black respondents matched the measure of actual discrimination much more closely than did the perceptions of the white respondents, suggesting black students may be more likely to attribute occupational inequities to discrimination and may also be aware of actual opportunities for Blacks. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (51st, Hartford, CT, April 9-12, 1980).