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ERIC Number: ED520600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-1858-8
Promoting Viable Career Choice Goals through Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy and Career Maturity in Inner-City High School Students: A Test of Social Cognitive Career Theory
Conkel Ziebell, Julia Louise
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota
In an effort to understand the viability of inner-city adolescents' career choice goals, the purpose of this study was to predict relationships among person factors, environmental factors, career maturity, career decision-making self-efficacy, vocational outcome expectations, and viable career choice goals within this population. I predicted that greater career maturity and stronger support systems would significantly predict career decision-making self-efficacy and vocational outcome expectations. In turn, I hypothesized career decision-making self-efficacy and positive vocational outcome expectations would positively predict viable career choice goals among inner-city adolescents. Participants in this study were 220 10th through 12th grade inner-city adolescents, with a mean age of 16.33. Participants were recruited from a large metropolitan public school in the Midwestern United States. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire and five research measures: the "Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form" (CDSE-SF; Betz & Klein, 1996; Betz, Hammond, & Multon, 2005), the "Structured Career Development Inventory" (SCDI; Lapan, 2004), the "Career Maturity Inventory-Attitudes Screening Form A-2" (CMI-A2; Crites, 1978), the "Vocational Outcome Expectations-Revised" (VOE-R; McWhirter & Metheny, 2009), and the "Perceptions of Barriers Scale" (POB; McWhirter, 1997). Results of structural equation modeling suggest that environmental supports (e.g., career maturity, proactivity, career exploration, perception of fewer barriers, instrumental and emotional support) were positively related to inner-city youths' efficacy to make career decisions as well as the expected outcomes of these career decisions. In line with Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), career decision-making self-efficacy and vocational outcome expectations were positively related to career choice goals, such that inner-city adolescents with greater levels of career decision-making self-efficacy, more positive vocational outcome expectations, and higher levels of proactivity and academic achievement endorsed viable career choice goals. The need for improved early career interventions addressing career goal-setting is described. Limitations, implications, and recommendations for future research and practice are also outlined. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Career Decision Making Self Efficacy Scale; Career Development Inventory; Career Maturity Inventory