ERIC Number: ED194803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-11
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes of Youths toward Work, Schooling, and Themselves: Evidence from the Youth Incentive Entitlement Pilot Projects.
Bottom, Christine; Stromsdorfer, Ernst W.
A study examined the attitudes of youths from low income and disadvantaged households toward themselves, school, and work. A random sample of 7547 youths (about evenly divided between male and female) aged 14 to 20 from eight sites were surveyed concerning their opinions of themselves, their perceptions of their current jobs (if employed), their educational aspirations, and their parents' educational aspirations for the youths. Data from these interviews were coordinated with data from two earlier surveys to provide an attitudinal profile of economically disadvantaged 16- to 19-year-olds who have not graduated from high school and who are thus eligible for a full-time summer and part-time school year job that would provide incentive to either stay in or return to school. Analysis of data collected revealed that on the whole these low income youths have relatively high levels of self-esteem. Black youths are more likely to want and expect to finish college than are white and Hispanic youths. Youths who are employed generally exhibit positive attitudes about their jobs and, if they are not enrolled in school, appear to be holding permanent, well-supervised positions. (A total of twenty-one tables are included in and appended to the report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Adults, Black Youth, Data Analysis, Demography, Economically Disadvantaged, Federal Programs, Hispanic Americans, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, School Attitudes, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Surveys, Whites, Work Attitudes, Youth, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Youth Employment and Demonstration Projects Act