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Influence of parents educational background on career choice of teenagers among senior secondary school students in Owerri
Miracle Ifeoma Mbagwu1, Okechukwu Odinaka Ajaegbu2
1Department of Psychology Imo State University Owerri Nigeria; 2Department of Sociology Imo State University Owerri.

Article ID: 100009P13MM2016
doi:10.5348/P13-2016-9-OA-3

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Department of Sociology Imo State University Owerri

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Mbagwu MI, Ajaegbu OO. Influence of parents educational background on career choice of teenagers among senior secondary school students in Owerri. Edorium J Psychol 2016;2:14–20.


Abstract
Aim: The study investigated influence of parents educational background on career choice of teenagers among senior secondary school students in Owerri, Imo State.
Methods: Using survey design, 400 teenagers were administered with structured questionnaire in four sampled schools in Owerri. They comprised of 200 males and 200 females whose ages ranged from 13 to 19 years with a mean age of 16.24. The data collected was analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistical methods.
Case Report: The result revealed that teenagers whose parents are from high educational background are more consistent and do not have much difficulties in making career choice when compared with those whose parents have low educational background. Also, majority of teenagers whose parents had high educational background made more of professional career choices while majority of teenagers whose parents had low educational background made more of business career choices.
Conclusion: Since this study has clearly shown that parents' educational background to a great extent influences career decision of teenagers, the study recommends that further studies should be conducted to establish the implication of parents influence on teenagers' future career choices and the society at large.

Keywords: Career choices, Owerri, Parents educational background, Teenagers


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Author Contributions:
Miracle Ifeoma Mbagwu – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Okechukwu Odinaka Ajaegbu – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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About The Authors

Miracle Ifeoma Mbagwu is an assistant lecturer at the department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria. Her areas of interest include career counselling, behaviour modification and family therapy. She has published two scientific research works in national academic journals, one magazine article, and one book chapter contribution in behaviour modification. She has also authored two books. Currently, she is running a Ph.D programme in Counselling Psychology with Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria. In future, she intends to pursue a post-doctoral professional course in Family Therapy with any of the international universities.



Okechukwu Odinaka Ajaegbu is a Social Scientist with background in Development Profession and Teaching; strong interest in Gender Studies, Migration, Health and Youth Unemployment. He is pursuing a PhD study in the area of Demography and Population Studies (Sociology) at the Department of Sociology Nnamdi Azukiwe University Awka. He has published six research papers in national and international academic journals in different fields such as conflict and violence, religion, youth unemployment, maternal health, migration and remittances, and premarital sex and HIV. Currently he is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Imo State University.




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