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Title: Aspirations in Young Adulthood
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1. Baird, Chardie L.
Aspirations in Young Adulthood
Presented: New Orleans, LA, Southern Sociological Society Meetings, March 2003
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Southern Sociological Society
Keyword(s): Education; Family Background and Culture; Mobility; Occupational Aspirations; Racial Differences; Socioeconomic Background; Socioeconomic Factors; Sons

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Early research on mobility emphasized the importance of formal education (Blau & Duncan 1967), ability, academic performance, social influences, & aspirations (Featherman & Hauser 1975, Sewell et al 1970) on the occupational attainment of sons. These studies were criticized for being too individualistic (Kaufman 1983, 1987; Kerckhoff 1976; Knotterus 1987) & for ignoring disadvantaged groups, such as women & race/ethnic minorities (Hout 1988; Rosenfeld 1978, 1979; Stolzenberg 1990). The gender & race/ethnic limitations of these earlier studies raise interesting questions for the study of occupational aspirations. For example, women born in the late 1950s to early 1960s may have framed their aspirations relative to occupational positions frequently identified with women, such as teacher, nurse, dental hygienist for those who imagined employment, & full-time homemaker for those who planned early marriages. The purpose of this study is to identify factors that shape the occupational aspirations of young adults. To answer this question, I analyze data from the young women's & young men's cohorts of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), which began in 1979. In this analysis, I model the relationships between sociodemographic, family background, & family attitude measures on occupational aspirations. Results suggest that gender & race/ethnicity as well as family background characteristics structure the distributions of aspirations. These findings are discussed within the general framework of inequality & the micro/macro linkage between structural constraints & identity formation.
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Baird, Chardie L. "Aspirations in Young Adulthood." Presented: New Orleans, LA, Southern Sociological Society Meetings, March 2003.