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Effects of social economic status and parenting values on adolescents’ expected field of study

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Field of study decisions are important for children’s future life chances, as significant differences exist in terms of financial and status benefits across fields of study. We examine whether the economic or the cultural status of the parents is more influential in shaping their children’s expectations about their future field of study. We also test whether children’s expectations about field of study choices are mediated by the child-rearing values that parents hold.

Results show that parental economic status increased the likelihood of adolescents expecting to opt for extrinsic rewarding fields of study. Adolescent girls, not boys, with high cultural status parents were more likely to expect to opt for intrinsically rewarding fields of study. An upbringing that is characterized by conformity increased the expectations of boys to choose an extrinsically rewarding study, while self-direction increased the expectations of girls to opt for an extrinsic field of study

Reference Keijer, M. G. (2021). Effects of social economic status and parenting values on adolescents’ expected field of study. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 8, 1-11. [303]. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-021-00992-7

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Jan 2021

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