ERIC Number: ED235434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Sex Roles on the Life Plans of Low-SES Adolescents.
Previous research has shown that future roles and plans are affected by race, sex, and socioeconomic status (SES). However, almost all studies have focused on isolated aspects of socialization, such as the occupational plans of white males and the family plans of white females. To investigate the impact of social class, sex-role attitudes, and social-psychological variables on the future plans of low SES and minority male and female adolescents, structured interviews were held over a 3 year period with 65 males and 60 females from three ethnic groups: White, Black, and Mexican American. The 1 hour interviews focused on future plans, maternal employment, role models, sex-role attitudes, self-concept, and personal background. An analysis of the results indicated that low-SES adolescents do not want nor expect high-prestige jobs, and that they have traditional family plans. Background and social-psychological variables only occasionally linked with future plans. Although race and gender were not strong variables, results did suggest they may interact in the development of career and family plans. Suggested intervention strategies are aimed at broadening occupational horizons and providing alternative ways for handling career and family roles. (Appendices provide the interview guides and coding scheme.) (Author/BL)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Youth, Disadvantaged Youth, Family Role, Family (Sociological Unit), Intervention, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Differences, Role Models, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Social Mobility, Social Psychology, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Status, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.