ERIC Number: ED147733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Measurement and Correlates of Career Decision Making.
Harren, Vincent A.; Kass, Richard A.
This paper presents a theoretical framework for understanding career decision making (CDM); introduces an instrument, Assessment of Career Decision Making (ACDM) to measure CDM with college students; and presents correlational data on sex role and cognitive style factors hypothesized to influence CDM. The ACDM, designed to measure the Tiedeman and O'Hara model of CDM, contains the following scales: (1) Decison Making Style; (2) Decision Making Task-College (DMT-C); (3) Decision Making Task-Major (DMT-M); and (4) Decision Making Task-Occupation (DMT-O). Subjects were undergraduate students. Instrumentation utilized included the ACDM and various attitude and cognitive measures. An analysis of variance was performed. Results indicate the following: (1) DMT-M and DMT-O correlate highly while DMT-C correlates less; (2) the influence of academic class and decisional status are significant, while the magnitude of effect of each is different; (3) correlations between sex, sex role attitudes and cognitive styles, and DMT scales are low. These results support the Tiedeman and O'Hara model, and suggest that the ACDM is an effective measure of this model. This study implies that: differential counseling by sex is contraindicated in CDM; no direct relationshp exists between sex role attitudes and CDM; and ACDM is a useful counseling aid. (Author/JLL)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Career Choice, Career Development, Cognitive Style, Decision Making, Individual Psychology, Measurement Instruments, Personality, Problem Solving, Research Projects, Sex Role, Undergraduate Students
Vincent A. Harren, Dept. of Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 6290l
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (August 26-30, 1977, San Francisco, California)