Understanding the social psychological predictors of attainment was a major preoccupation of status attainment research in the late sixties and seventies. Sociologists examined the social and behavioral antecedents of achievement aspirations, such as family socio-economic background, significant others’ influence and academic performance, as well as the consequences of these attitudes for attainments (Sewell, et al, 1969; Sewell, et al., 1970; Hauser, 1971; Gordon, 1972). Clear links were demonstrated between educational and occupational origins (as indicated by fathers’ achievements) and adolescents’ aspirations. Parental encouragement and school performance largely mediated these effects (Kerckhoff, 1974; Hauser, 1971; Duncan, et al., 1972: Alexander, et al., 1975; Wilson and Portes, 1975).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Generating Social Stratification|
|Subtitle of host publication||Toward a New Research Agenda|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2018|