ERIC Number: ED234229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The WIQ: A Multi-Dimensional Instrument to Assess Antecedents of Women's Vocational Choice.
Peterson, Karen L.
A study identified the variables affecting the vocational choice of college women. During the research project, a 97-item instrument entitled the Work Interest Questionnaire (WIQ) was developed and administered to 437 undergraduate female students enrolled at a large Midwestern university. The subjects were selected based on their varying fields of interest (science versus nonscience disciplines and applied versus theoretical orientations). By subjecting the results of the questionnaires to a factor analysis, the researcher identified the following six items as significant in assessing the variables influencing vocational choice: work autonomy, family-work flexibility, parent considerations, work incentives, promotion and esteem, and parental expectations. Because none of these factors was a significant predictor of career orientation when considered exclusively, it was concluded that the variables affecting the decision-making process of vocational choice can be accurately ascertained only through the use of a multi-dimensional instrument such as the WIQ. (The WIQ instrument is not included in this report.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Researchers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Work Interest Questionnaire