ERIC Number: ED122152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Predicting Career Change of Mature, Middle-Class, Married Women.
Meyer, Goldye W.; Owen, Steven V.
The research reported was an effort to determine whether, in the absence of validated models or measuring instruments effective for objective counseling of mature females, such often-relied upon, easily obtained, visible pieces of data as age, number of children, and educational background are critical predictor variables for counselors and counselees to consider in career decision making. Data were obtained from a followup survey of 110 women with home-oriented careers who had participated in a career counseling program; their decisions were categorized as: (1) no change, (2) return to school, or (3) return to paid employment. Ten personal/social factors often used predictively were examined for effectiveness as predictors of (1) vocational maturity and (2) women's career change. The factors studied did not effectively predict vocational maturity. Questions were raised regarding the viability of accepted concepts of vocational maturity as they apply to mature women and regarding the appropriateness of instruments available for measuring vocational maturity, specifically, the Adult Vocational Maturity Inventory. The personal/social factors were more effective in predicting career change of the women studied and yielded a limited model for classifying women into the three career-decision groups named above. Tables and survey instruments are appended. (Author/AJ)
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