ERIC Number: ED251756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Relationship between Black Students' Racial Identity Attitudes and Vocational Exploration.
Manese, Jeanne E.; Fretz, Bruce R.
Previous research has shown that blacks tend to be concentrated in a narrow range of occupations. While social barriers are recognized as influencing this pattern, constricted patterns of career development also emerge in early exploratory stages prior to career choice. To investigate whether black students' level of vocational identity foreclosure and quality of career exploration attitudes could be predicted from racial identity attitudes, 21 male and 21 female black undergraduates completed a questionnaire which consisted of the Racial Identity Attitude Scale; the Career Appropriateness Questionnaire; the Career Exploration Scale from the Career Development Inventory; and a personal data sheet. Multiple regression analyses indicated that the overall racial identity attitude model was not a significant predictor of vocational identity foreclosure or career exploration attitudes for the total sample. In further analyses, the regression model was found to be a significant predictor of the level of vocational identity foreclosure for black females. The findings suggest the importance of encouraging career exploration for black college women to guard against premature vocational identity foreclosure. (A review of the literature on black career development and black identity is included in an appendix.) (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Vocational Identity
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).