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ERIC Number: EJ1160394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-8453
Possible Selves among Urban Youth: A Study of Developmental Differences and the Aspirations-Expectations Gap
Perry, Justin C.; Raeburn, Ryan
Journal of Career Development, v44 n6 p544-556 Dec 2017
The present study investigated developmental differences and stability in possible selves within the educational and occupational domain among a diverse sample of urban youth (N = 319). A secondary aim was to test the "aspiration-expectation gap" while exploring the role of subjective social class and gender differences. Results did not indicate any significant differences among possible selves between different grades in high school. Seniors evidenced the lowest levels of subjective social class, whereas freshmen had the highest levels. Subjective social class was significantly associated with the expected levels of education. In addition, girls aspired toward significantly higher levels of prestige than boys in terms of occupations they hoped to attain, while a substantial gap was found between hoped-for and expected education. Implications for practice, limitations, and directions for research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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