Komal Dutt, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, is looking for participants for a study on the extent to which parental pressure affects the career choices of Indian-American undergraduates. If you're an undergraduate who was raised in this country, Komal needs your input - it would be completely confidential. Here's the premise of the study:
Asian Indians and their children are an important community in the United States, as they have outperformed all other groups in most areas of socioeconomic achievement. However, research has indicated prevalence for pressure and conflict between immigrant parents and their children to choose from limited range of occupational choices, and thus an over-representation of Asian Indians in a limited number of occupational fields. The latter might be a problem, because when children forgo their own interests for the sake of choosing prestigious occupations, or struggle to do well in such prestigious occupations as medicine, a potential risk of mental health problems exists due to frustration and job dissatisfaction.
To understand this unique (that is, over representation in certain fields and giving in to career choices set by parents) process of career choice, research in mental health professions such as counseling psychology needs to understand if these students explore various career options prior to committing to a career choice or if they prematurely foreclose on a career path of their parents. My study is trying to see what factors encourage an individual to explore various career options prior to making a firm commitment. In other words, this study will throw light on how college aged Asian Indians navigate their career choice process.
If you're interested in participating, here's some more information:
Participation involves completing a short demographic form and three questionnaires. Time taken for participation should be 30-45 minutes.
If you are willing to participate, follow the following two steps to complete the survey
Step A - click on the link below http://www.psychdata.com and,
Step B - You will see a box saying "go to survey" – please enter survey number: 124919. You will then be able to complete the survey.
If you have any questions about the survey, contact Komal via e-mail (email@example.com) or via phone at 732-979-4682.
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