Intergenerational transmission of disadvantage remains a problem despite political and educational initiatives. The current study explored the role of personality and psychosocial factors in occupational status in a survey of 383 participants (174 males and 209 females) over thirty-nine years from age 16 to age 55 years. Mother’s education, extraversion, and mastery motivation were the best predictors of current socioeconomic status. A focus on education and academic development as the single solution to social immobility has been ineffective. Instead a broader approach which includes realistic lifelong educational opportunities and an education system which enables socioemotional development as well as academic growth is recommended.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Journal of Education|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 6 Feb 2021|
- Personality; Motivation; Social Mobility; Socioeconomic development