ERIC Number: ED197273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Cognitive and Attitudinal Influences on Career Decision Making.
Kass, Richard A.; And Others
Several things influencing a college student's choice of major were investigated: gender, sex-role attitudes, cognitive styles, and decision-making processes. Students (N=578) were administered six different measures of sex-role attitudes and five different measures of cognitive style. Use of a path analysis technique suggested that gender influences sex-role attitudes, sex-role attitudes and decision-making style influence progress through the decision-making process, and that progress through the decision-making process influences decisional status. Cross-validation was performed among students at four different universities; student maturity did not appear to change the results. Commitment to a career appears to be central to one's identity and one's sex-role ideology. Counseling psychologists should recognize that self-assessment influences decisions, and decision making influences self-assessment. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978). Best copy available. Some pages are of marginal reproducibility.