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6 J. Res. Crime & Delinquency 1 (1969)

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Journal of Research in Crime and 1)elinquency
VOLUME 6                   JANUARY 1969                     NUMBER 1

   Relative Occupational Anticipations and

          Aspirations of Delinquents and

                          MARCEL  A. FREDERICKS
      Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago
               Ph.D. (Medical Sociology), 1965, Loyola University
                             MARTIN 'MOLNAR
           Chief Librarian, Loyola University-Rome Center, Rome, Italy
                   M.A. (Sociology), 1968, Loyola University

         This study examines the levels of occupational aspirations and
       anticipations of a group of delinquent and nondelinquent boys
       in relation to their fathers' occupation. The two groups were
       controlled in respect to sex (only boys), age (only seventeen-
       year-olds), race (only whites and Negroes), and social class. The
       delinquent sample comprised sixty-one boys confined to a mid-
       western training school. The control was made up  of seventy
       boys from upper  working-class and lower middle-class neighbor-
       hoods in the Chicago area.
          The study findings include the following: (1) Almost three of
       every four nondelinquents anticipate higher occupations than
       those of their fathers; (2) Negro delinquents hope to obtain
       occupations above the level of their fathers; and (3) Negro boys
       appear  to be most  motivated to rise above the occupational
       levels of their fathers. However, so far as relative goal discrepan-
       cy is concerned, the lower-class Negro in the sample study reflects
       the lowest degree of confidence.

  D  URING RECENT  YEARS, there have   of the relationship between  delin-
      been  several interesting studies quency and such variables as social
   ' Dr. Fredericks wishes to acknowledge the the Health Service Research Training Com-
   Public Health Service Fellowship granted by  mittee, which greatly facilitated the presen-

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