ERIC Number: ED424340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Reference Count: N/A
Mothers and Daughters Go to Work: The Relationship of Mothers' Occupations to Daughters' Career Aspirations.
Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin; Velasco, Anne E.
This paper examines maternal influences on daughters' choices of occupations. Using a survey of high school seniors in Charlotte (North Carolina) as the primary data source, the career choices of adolescent girls and the influences of their mothers' occupations on their occupational expectations were studied. Previous research has suggested that working mothers do appear to influence their daughters' career choices. For this study, data from a survey of high school seniors were used, with the females extracted from a sample of 1,850 seniors. Findings suggest that there is little overall relationship, in the aggregate, between mothers' occupations and daughters' occupational aspirations. The young women surveyed were very optimistic about their futures, and most (84.2%) aspired to professional jobs. Among these students, mothers were well represented in the female professions, but most were in the study category designated "Sales, Technical, Administrative Support (Clerical)." Daughters of mothers with female-gendered occupations were more likely to aspire to female-gendered occupations than were daughters of mothers with gender-neutral or male-gendered occupations. Although these young women have high occupational aspirations, the occupational structure probably has not changed sufficiently to accommodate these high hopes. Their mothers are very aware of the discrepancies between their career aspirations and what they may ultimately do for a living. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, 4 endnotes, and 36 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.