The article entitled “Exploring the Influence of Race and Gender on Aspiration Salience in Emerging Adults” (Rothman, et al., 2018) examines how the influence of race and gender affects the salience of aspirations among emerging adults. The primary research question addressed by this study was whether there were any differences in aspiration salience between White and African American young adult samples based on race, as well as any differences between male and female samples based on gender. This study utilized two independent surveys administered to 394 participants aged 18-25 years old, who were recruited from college campuses across the United States. Participants completed self-report measures of socio-demographic characteristics, academic performance, goal importance ratings for various educational goals (e.g mastering a skill or obtaining a degree), as well as self-reported aspirations such as career goals or long term plans regarding education and relationships.
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After analyzing the data collected from these surveys, Rothman et al., found that African Americans reported higher levels of aspiration salience than Whites overall; additionally they also reported greater levels of goal importance when it came to their aspirations in terms of educational success. However, no significant differences between males and females was found when it comes to aspiration salience or goal importance ratings for both racial groups combined. These findings suggest that while race can have an effect on individual’s level of aspiration salience towards achieving certain goals (especially amongst African Americans), gender does not seem to play a role at least according to this sample population’s responses to survey questions concerning their goals and expectations for themselves regarding education and career paths/relationships etc..
This study provides important insight into how social factors such as race may affect our attitudes towards our own personal development which is essential information needed for counselors working with clients from diverse backgrounds since understanding individuals’ unique life experiences is necessary in order for counselors to adequately assess each person’s needs individually. Additionally given that over half our population are now considered ’emerging adults’ meaning those transitioning out of adolescence yet not quite ready for adulthood yet – it’s important resources be available so that these individuals can make informed decisions about what their future looks like specifically when it comes down to educational pursuits or relationships/family life etc.. This study has thus provided valuable insights into why certain groups may find certain aspects more salient than other depending on underlying social factors – allowing us better tailor services accordingly in order help emerging adults reach their full potential regardless background or social identities they carry with them throughout this transition period called ’emerging adulthood’.