ERIC Number: ED334517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-22
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Cross-Cultural Research with the Career Decision-Making System (CDM).
Harrington, Thomas F.
The increased diversity of clients is a fact for most counselors. The Career Decision-Making System (CDM) reliably measured six interest inventory scales in the following countries and cultures: Asian, European, Pacific Basin, Canadian English- and French-speaking, and United States English- and Spanish-speaking. The six scales are: Crafts; Scientific; Arts; Social; Business; and Clerical. The CDM has always surveyed all students within a grade level, high ability as well as low achieving who often have reading problems. Validation data indicated educational systems removed many Crafts and Clerical type students from regular high school curricula; this can distort the response distributions to various survey question. It was also shown that the CDM had concurrent validity for vocational and technical students. While the occupational samples showed differences, they reflect substantial profile similarities among people doing comparable work in different countries. More commonality exists than diversity; the counselor's task is to understand better the rather limited differences and learn better to deal with these differences. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Cross Cultural Counseling
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).