An investigation of the college and career counseling needs of economically disadvantaged, minority gifted students

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Abstract

This study is an investigation of the college and career counseling needs of economically disadvantaged, academically gifted minority students. Two groups of students were studied and compared - one group of 50 low-income students, predominantly minority, who were chosen for a special college counseling program, and a second group of 42 middle to high income students, predominantly Asian and Caucasian, who were participating in a summer academic program. Students were compared on college plans and preparations, aspirations and expectations about higher education, support from others, motivation, values, and career interests and maturity. Results showed that the gifted disadvantaged students had lower educational aspirations, felt somewhat less prepared for college and less confident about being admitted, had unrealistic ideas about how to finance college, and perceived that college life would be more frightening and lonely compared to nondisadvantaged students. Student groups were similar in motivation to attend college, support from significant others and values. Disadvantaged students had better skills related to selecting a career but expressed less confidence in making a career decision. The results suggest a need for differentiated college counseling programs for disadvantaged minority students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalRoeper Review
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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