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ERIC Number: ED325769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Parents and Parenting on Career Development.
DeRidder, Larry
Parents have a pervasive and continual influence on their children's career development, beginning with early childhood and continuing as the child progresses through fantasy, exploration, tentative and trial stages of career development, and as the child responds to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The child's readiness for school--language skills, social competence, and curiosity--almost predetermines the child's success in school and career directions; those who are less ready for school are more likely to lag behind throughout school, with corresponding limits on their later career prospects. By adolescence, children's vocational maturity, as determined by their own estimate of academic verbal and quantitative ability and by their interests and values, is highly related to their choice of occupation and curriculum. Consequently, students during this period should have the opportunity to experience career exploration and decisionmaking, involving their parents, community resources, teachers, and counselors. During all this time, parents have a consistent and pervasive influence on children's career choices, decisions, and plans, through their modeling of standards, expectations, social skills, and self-acceptance. School counselors, therefore, need to collaborate with parents and assist them in improving their effectiveness with their children. Fourteen specific recommendations for parents are provided. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A