ERIC Number: ED389878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Family Role in Career Development. ERIC Digest No. 164.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Family influence is an important force in preparing youth for their roles as workers. Family background factors found to be associated with career development include parents' socioeconomic status, their educational level, biogenetic factors, and family income. Family processes of interaction, communication, and behavior influence what the child learns about work and work experiences. Attitudes about school and work, educational and career goals and aspirations, and values have a long-term impact on a youth's career choices, decisions, and plans. Parents from different groups have different types of influence on the educational and occupational decisions of both boys and girls in the family. Mexican American parents want more education for their children than the children may want. Although they are focused on the role of continuing education in the career development process, Korean parents focus on career selection. Their strong desire is for their children to be professionals and earn money and prestige. Types of parental involvement in adolescents' career development are positive involvement, noninvolvement, and negative involvement. The greatest anxiety adolescents feel about their career decisions is in response to parents' negative involvement. Structuring parental involvement in adolescent career development is an important element of a school's career counseling. Counselors should work directly with parents and provide information and support. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.