Subjectivity in the formation of career aspirations of teenagers
AdvisorWright, David W.
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This thesis investigates the subjective factors which motivate and influence occupational aspiration of high school youth. An alternative model is presented, which shows the filtering effect that subjective experiences have upon background characteristics. The study utilizes univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis of data from the Educational Longitudinal Study (ELS): 2002, which is a nationally representative sample of high school tenth graders (N=6928). Findings suggest that socioeconomic status has both a direct and indirect effect on aspiration, high school boys have higher occupational aspiration levels than high school girls, and that higher educational aspiration leads to higher occupational aspiration.
Thesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Sociology