ERIC Number: ED089168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
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Reinforcers, Values, and Vocational Maturity in Adults.
Walls, Richard T.; Gulkus, Steven P.
The purpose of the study is to test the notion that job reinforcers and occupational values are related to vocational maturity. The importance of 21 reinforcers and 11 values were rated by 207 vocational rehabilitation clients and 59 graduate students. The dependent measure was the Adult Vocational Maturity Index. Older subjects with more education were more vocationally mature. Those subjects who considered -- (a) getting a feeling of accomplishment, (b) doing work without feeling it is morally wrong, (c) having steady employment, (d) independence, (3) opportunity to use special talents, (f) challenge, and (g) self-satisfaction -- important, were high in vocational maturity. Subjects who considered such things as -- (a) telling other workers what to do, (b) having the position of "somebody" in the community, and (c) prestige -- important, were lower in vocational maturity. The data indicates that choice of occupational reinforcers and preferences for specified values are reflected in the individual's "vocational maturity." (Author)
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Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.; West Virginia State Board of Vocational Education, Charleston. Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown.