ERIC Number: ED205747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Variations in the Educational and Career Development Paths of Brothers and Sisters.
Mott, Frank L.; Haurin, R. Jean
A study examined the extent to which socioeconomic and internal characteristics of families differentially affect ability of matched pairs of brothers and sisters to progress through the educational system. The data sets used were the National Longitudinal Surveys of Work Experience of Young Men and Women who were originally interviewed in 1966 and 1968. The analyses were limited to 522 pairs of white youth. It was found that young men were apparently advantaged in their educational progress compared with young women. Sibling position or sex of other siblings had little, if any, influence. The extent of parental education did have a major effect, and the educational progress probabilities for sons were higher than those for daughters, regardless of the parents' education. Greater ability for boys and girls was associated with higher probabilities of education completion. Parental encouragement did affect the ability of youth to succeed. In general, youth's aspirations about educational attainment exceeded their actual attainment. No significant differences in attainment at any educational level could be attributed to background factors. (Fourteen pages of multivariate analyses are provided. Appendixes describe the sample procedure and variable measurement.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Human Resource Research.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 1981).