ERIC Number: ED248826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Esteem, Locus of Control, and Career Maturity in Homemaking-Oriented, Traditional, and Non-Traditional College Women.
Royalty, Georgia; And Others
Self-esteem of female college students at two large state universities was studied, with attention to the relationship of self-esteem to the choice of traditional or nontraditional careers, or homemaking. A second area of interest was the relationship of career maturity and locus of control to career type. A total of 180 freshmen and senior college women at two Maryland state universities were administered the Tennessee Self Concept Scale, Rotter's Internal-External Scale, the Attitude Scale of the Career Maturity Inventory, the Hoyt and Kennedy Orientation Questionnaire, and a personal data questionnaire. The respondents were divided, based on responses to the Orientation Questionnaire and their stated vocational choices, into three career types (homemakers, traditionals, and nontraditionals). The senior women, as a group, scored significantly higher mean scores than did the freshmen on the variables of self-esteem and career maturity. To the extent that these findings suggested a developmental change, the results clearly supported the central propositions of developmental self-concept theories of vocational choice. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Freshmen, College Seniors, College Students, Females, Higher Education, Locus of Control, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Aspiration, Self Concept, Self Esteem, State Universities, Work Attitudes
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.