Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1980

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Child Development

Abstract

The present study was undertaken to explore the relationship among the variables: the mother's vocational orientation, the mother's educational level, the mother's masculine personality traits, the mother's feminine personality traits, the mother's perceived vocational orientation of her daughter, the mother's desired vocational orientation for her daughter, and the vocational orientation of the daughter. Two models were developed and tested using 101 mother-daughter pairs. All subjects were White and middle class. The daughters were enrolled in either third or fourth grade;Twelve bivariate relationships were significant. (1) The mother's vocational orientation was positively and significantly related to the mother's educational level. (2) the mother's vocational orientation was positively and significantly related to the mother's perceived vocational orientation of her duaghter. (3) The mother's vocational orientation was positively and significantly related to the vocational orientation of the daughter. (4) The mother's educational level was positively and significantly related to the mother's masculine personality traits. (5) The mother's educational level was positively and significantly related to the mother's perceived vocational orientation of her daughter. (6) The mother's educational level was positively and significantly related to the mother's desired vocational orientation for her daughter. (7) The mother's educational level was positively and significantly related to the vocational orientation of the daughter. (8) The mother's masculine personality traits was positively and significantly related to the mother's perceived vocational orientation of her daughter. (9) The mother's perceived vocational orientation was positively and significantly related to the mother's desired vocational orientation for her daughter. (10) The mother's perceived vocational orientation of her daughter was positively and significantly related to the vocational orientation of the daughter. (11) The mother's desired vocational orientation for her daughter was positively and significantly related to the vocational orientation of the daughter. (12) The daughter's sex-role orientation was positively and significantly related to the vocational orientation of the daughter;The two path models which were developed and tested for the study reflect the theoretical construct of modeling from social learning theory. Support for the impact of the mother's modeling on their daughter's vocational development was provided by the research findings. The two models explain, respectively, 39% and 38% of the variance of the vocational orientation of the daughter;The findings suggest that mothers play an important function in the daughter's vocational development. Implications for professionals, parents, and researchers are discussed. Vocational development is a life-long process and, certainly, information about the process is essential to those involved in the socialization of children.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-11490

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Judith Meredith Weeden Ziffer

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8019679

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

143 pages

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