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Author: Yu, Chien
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1. Yu, Chien
Factors Influencing Young Women's Occupational Choice and Aspirations
Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1987
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Fathers, Influence; Industrial Sector; Labor Force Participation; Occupational Aspirations; Occupational Choice; Residence; Vocational Education; Women; World of Work Test

The data used in this study were selected from the Young Women cohort and the NLSY. The purposes of the study were: (1) to investigate the differences in employment patterns of the 1968 women's cohort and the 1979 women's cohort aged 14 to 22; (2) to explore the differences in occupational aspirations of the sames cohorts; and (3) to apply the regression models for young women's occupational choices and aspirations to the 1979 cohort. The statistical techniques of chi-square, independent t-test, and univariate and multivariate multiple regressions were applied in the study. The findings were: (1) More women from the 1979 cohort aged 14 to 17 were engaged in professional, technical, and kindred levels than those from the 1968 cohort. In the 18 to 22 age group, however, the pattern was reversed. (2) Fewer women in the 1968 cohort aged 14 to 17 were found to be hired in manufacturing, transportation, communication and public utilities than their counterparts in 1979. (3) The father's education and the female's residence were found to be associated with a female's occupational choice. (4) There is an interactive effect of a female's age and education on her occupational choice. (5) Females enrolled in an academic program had higher scores in occupational choice than those enrolled in vocational and general education. Additional findings with respect to age, education, residence, and occupational aspiration are discussed.
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Yu, Chien. Factors Influencing Young Women's Occupational Choice and Aspirations. Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1987.