ERIC Number: ED306011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Family Influence on Occupational and Educational Attainment of Rural/Urban, Low-Income Adolescents: Some Racial Comparisons.
Schiamberg, Lawrence B.; Lee, Mee-Sok
Summarized are findings of a 14-year longitudinal study of the educational and occupational outcomes of 524 adolescents in rural or urban low-income areas in six southern states. The sample included 343 white and 181 black youth. Focusing on the comparative contribution of the family as a context for adolescent educational and occupational attainment, results of path analysis for occupational attainment revealed a differential pattern of direct effects for black and white adolescents. For black adolescents, the contribution of the family exerted a more substantial direct effect on occupational attainment than for white adolescents. Comparison of the total effects on occupational attainment also confirmed the stronger influence of the family for black adolescents. The influence of the family on educational attainment was also found to be substantial for black youth. Comparison of total effects on educational attainment indicated a strong family influence for white adolescents and an even stronger influence for black adolescents. It is concluded that there is no evidence to support the stereotypical view of the black family as inadequate or dysfunctional. On the contrary, the evidence suggests that a dynamic and vital black family unit exists which exerts a substantial influence on the occupational and educational attainment of black children/adolescents. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).