ERIC Number: ED364358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-12
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Parental Influence in the Career and Educational Development of Children and Adolescents: An Action Perspective.
Young, Richard A.
A research program at the University of British Columbia has investigated parents' influence on the career development of their adolescent children, focusing on parents' intentions, the actual activities they engage in, the interpersonal structure in which the activities take place, the ways in which parents and young adults construct the domain of parental influence in career development, young adults' interpretation of parental influence, and the content of actual parent-adolescent conversations about career choice. Research methods included critical incident, Q-sort, narrative, and content analysis, using information from over 500 parents and adolescents. Study findings included the following: (1) parents indicated that they did not want to influence their children's specific occupational choice, though many had an acceptable range of occupations they hoped their children would aspire to; (2) school figured prominently in the critical incidents that parents engaged in with their children; (3) many parents felt that they could lay a suitable groundwork for their children's career development by influencing them broadly to become responsible and capable people; and (4) the constructs employed by parents and adolescents in constructing the domain of parental influence of career development included responsibility, open communication, active involvement of parents, and encouragement of autonomy. Schools can help parents be effective if they address parents' intentional, goal-directed activities. Contains 15 references. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Roundtable on Family, Community, and School Partnerships (5th, Atlanta, GA, April 12, 1993).