ERIC Number: ED206976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Occupational Aspirations of Talented Black Adolescent Females.
George, Valerie D.
Ideal levels of aspiration, real levels of aspiration, and fear of success have been identified as precursors of black women's career attainment. Black (N=32) and white (N=32) females, talented high school sophomores, completed a test battery comprised of two verbal cues designed to measure fear of success and a self-report questionnaire to assess ideal and real occupational aspirations, parental expectations, and parental educational and occupational attainment. Results indicated that the black subjects had high levels of aspiration. Fathers' occupational expectations were significantly related to their daughters' ideal and real levels of aspirations. White subjects did not differ from blacks in their aspiration levels; however, they had a lower incidence than black adolescents of fear of success. Comparisons of socioeconomic status as measured by Hollingshead's "Two Factor Index of Social Position" suggested that socioeconomic factors exerted a strong influence on subject responses. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Women in Psychology (8th, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 1981).