ERIC Number: ED341702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Predictive Validity of the Vocational Identity Scale.
Savickas, Mark L.
To establish that measures of vocational identity are sensitive to variations in development, researchers need to demonstrate that different patterns of scores on these measures predict subsequent coping with later tasks of vocational development. This study investigated the ability of the Vocational Identity Scale (VIS) to predict coping with a subsequent vocational development task. A prospective longitudinal design was used with 121 students in an integrated program leading to a Bachelor's of Science and Doctor of Medicine (BS/MD) degree. Six groups of subjects were formed based on the degree of difficulty the students experienced in completing the BS/MD program. Analyses of variance and covariance, two post hoc analyses, and a discriminant analysis were conducted. Results indicate that mastery of the tasks of vocational identity crystallization and occupational choice specification, as operationally defined by the VIS, do not predict coping with the implementation task for a homogeneous sample of college students intent on entering medical school. Moreover, data raise the issue that the VIS may be insensitive to foreclosure in the vocational decision-making process. One table contains study data, and a 19-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Vocational Identity; Vocational Identity Scale (Holland et al)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).