UAF study: Girls' plans more realistic

Posted: Tuesday, February 09, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A survey by a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has found that Alaska high school girls appear to be more realistic about their future than their male counterparts.

Psychology professor Judith Kleinfeld's study found that senior boys were less likely to have college plans and often had goals for unlikely careers such as video game designers or movie directors. Many thought they would land a high-paying job right of college and didn't realize how hard that is.

Interviews with senior girls, however, found they were not only much more likely to have college plans, but seemed to better understand how to pursue a career.

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