ERIC Number: ED241693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics and Career Choices of Adolescent Girls. College Board Report No. 83-3.
This study was conducted (1) to identify the personal characteristics and career choices of ninth grade girls; (2) to isolate any personal characteristics of the girls that are associated with their career choices and that distinguish them from girls in other career groups; and (3) to detect any characteristics of their parents and of their schools that are associated with their career choices and that distinguish them from girls in other career groups. The student population consisted of 852 ninth grade girls at selected high schools within the Middle States region; the schools differed in size, location, control, ethnic composition, and percentage of graduates pursuing further education. Data were gathered by questionnaires administered at the schools and analyzed by multiple discriminant analysis. The results revealed able, motivated adolescent girls seeking academic planning, achievement opportunities, and support services. The largest number of girls selected health and medical careers, followed by those who chose the social sciences and related areas. The young women thought that it is more important to learn personal and interpersonal skills and to prepare for careers than to acquire academic competencies. They placed the greatest value on personal happiness. The study indicated that adolescent female students need academic, achievement, cocurricular accomplishment, and career exploration to help them achieve their objectives. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Educational Needs, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Females, Grade 9, High School Freshmen, High Schools, Interests, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Background, School Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Vocational Interests, Womens Education, Work Attitudes
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.