ERIC Number: ED352557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Parental Aspirations for Children and Children's Aspirations: A Longitudinal Study of Educational and Career Aspirations among Hyperactive and Non-Hyperactive Children.
Jennings, R. Greg
A study investigated the relationships between parent aspirations for their children and their children's later aspirations and high school completion. Data were obtained from a longitudinal study called "Hyperactivity-Learning Behavior Disorders Project." Subjects were 201 students in grades 1-3 who were later interviewed in junior high school and students who were in grades 4-6 at the time of parent interviews and who were interviewed again in grades 11-12. Among the subjects was a group of children with behavior problems who were diagnosed and treated for hyperactivity. The following were among the findings: (1) parents use academic evaluations of their children to form educational but not career aspirations for their children; (2) neither parents' careers nor educational aspirations for their children were related to their children's levels of educational aspirations; (3) parents' evaluation of students' academic confidence and students' educational aspirations predicted high school completion among high school ages; (4) parents of nonhyperactive children in upper elementary grades had higher educational aspirations for their children than did parents of hyperactive and learning behavior problem children of this age group; and (5) hyperactivity and learning behavior problems had an increasingly negative influence on parents' educational aspirations for their children as students progressed in school. (Contains 25 references.) (CML)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Choice, Career Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Goal Orientation, High School Graduates, Hyperactivity, Learning Problems, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Aspiration, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.