ERIC Number: ED197935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Career Decisions and Attainment of Rural Youth: Sex and Race Comparisons. Final Report, Home Community and Work Division.
Cosby, Arthur G., Ed.
Focusing on a broad population of Black and White rural Deep South youth of both sexes for the period 1966-1972, this monograph investigates the process through which careers and career-related preferences are developed during adolescence, how such preferences influence early adult behaviors, and what consequences these factors have upon the reformulation of new career preferences in young adulthood. While Chapter I focuses on the context of rural youth in America, Chapter II reviews social-psychological and status attainment literature and investigates the concepts of rural, rurality, race, and sex as possible constraining influences upon career decisions and career achievement. Chapter III reviews the methods of the Southern Youth Study and describes methods of data collection and characteristics of the students and of measurement. Chapter IV features a comparison of sex-race differences in career related attitudes which are evident during adolescence and early adulthood. The chapter discusses how these attitudes are related to actual attainment. Chapter V assesses the differential abilities of youth to translate their preferences into actual behavior and discusses which sex-race groupings have the most success or social power in attaining their goals. Chapter VI investigates sex-race differences in the overall process of career decision making. Chapter VII contains an overview of the research findings and a critical assessment of the study model. It also outlines policy implications of the research. (CM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Blacks, Career Choice, Career Development, Educational Attainment, Expectation, Goal Orientation, Longitudinal Studies, Models, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Differences, Rural Youth, Sex Differences, Social Stratification, Socioeconomic Influences, Success, Values Clarification, Whites, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Haven Principals Club, CT.