ERIC Number: ED033395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Achievement Motivation and Anxiety as Determinants of Vocational Choice.
Tseng, M. S.; Carter, A. R.
The primary purpose of this study was to investigate motivational aspects of adolescents' vocational behaviors. A motivational contributor to situations perceived as demanding excellence or success-failure is the anxiety level aroused by the success-failure cues in the situation. Subjects were 228 adolescents from grades nine through twelve in McDowell County, West Virginia. The "Achievement Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Mandler-Cowan's Test Anxiety Questionnaire for High School Students (TAQ), Occupational Prestige Scale (OPS), Haller's Occupational Aspiration Scale (OAS), and the Occupational Questionnaire were administered. Results indicated that the TAT and the TAQ are significant multiple predictors of vocational behaviors. When vocational behaviors are examined in terms of combined motivational conditions, statistically significant differences with regard to perception of occupational prestige, occupational aspirations and the prestige levels of the occupations chosen are observed between high achievement, low fear of failure and low achievement, high fear of failure groups. The findings underline the fact that vocational aspiration and the perceived prestige of an occupation play an important role in occupational choice. (Author/KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 30--April 3, 1969