ERIC Number: EJ1022699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Career Identity among Community College Students
Stringer, Kate J.; Kerpelman, Jennifer L.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v38 n4 p310-322 2014
Career identity development is salient in adolescence and young adulthood, but little research has assessed career identity in populations other than four-year college students. Context should be considered when examining career identity, and to address this gap in the literature, the current study examined the extent to which parental support for career, work experience, and career decision self-efficacy (CDSE) influenced career identity evaluation (i.e., engaging in in-depth career exploration and identification with one's career) in a sample of community college students. Results showed that parental support for career was predictive of CDSE, and CDSE was predictive of career identity evaluation, which suggests parental support for career indirectly affects career identity evaluation through CDSE. In contrast to expectations, work experience was not associated with CDSE or career identity evaluation. Findings suggest differences in career identity development for two-year community college and four-year university students.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Career Development, Parent Influence, Work Experience, Decision Making, Self Efficacy, Predictor Variables, Likert Scales, Structural Equation Models
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Career Decision Making Self Efficacy Scale