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ERIC Number: ED261620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 30
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Self-Concept and Career Orientation Developmental Patterns during the College Years.
Smart, John C.; And Others
Changes in the self-concept and career orientation of 10,759 members of a nationally representative sample of high school graduates was studied over 7 years. Objectives were to determine: (1) the degree to which changes in adolescents' self-concept and career attitudes were related to their level of involvement in postsecondary education; and (2) if there were any sex differences. Data were obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 concerning graduates' sex, family socioeconomic status in 1972, postsecondary educational attainment level, self-concept, and career orientation. Respondents indicated the relative importance of 10 life goals and their agreement with eight self-concept statements. Principal component analysis identified three factors that were consistent over time: self-image, self-confidence, and career orientation. Exposure to college seemed to have a stronger relationship to the development of a more positive self-image, a modest relationship to enhancing self-confidence, and a differential relationship to career orientation for females and males. Collegiate experience had essentially no relationship to the career orientation development of males, while it had a pronounced relationship to the formation of females' career orientation over the 7-year period. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972