ERIC Number: EJ727025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Motivational Correlates of Portuguese High Schoolers' Vocational Identity: Cultural Validation of the Goal Instability Scale
Santos, Paulo Jorge; Casillas, Alex; Robbins, Steven B.
Journal of Career Assessment, v12 n1 p17-32 2004
This study examined the relevance of the Goal Instability Scale-Portuguese Adaptation (GIS-P) on the vocational identity and career certainty of 375 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade Portuguese high schoolers. After translating the GIS-P, confirmatory factor analysis was used to examine the factorial unidimensionality and reliability of the construct. A multitrait-monomethod correlation matrix demonstrated convergent and divergent validity with personality, career, and social constructs. As expected, the GIS-P was a stronger predictor of vocational identity than global self-esteem and differentiated those students with postsecondary plans from those who were uncertain about their plans. This research supports the cultural relevance of the goal instability construct and of motivational determinants of academic and career adjustment with Portuguese students.
Descriptors: Cultural Relevance, Correlation, Student Motivation, High School Students, Foreign Countries, Career Choice, Student Adjustment, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Predictor Variables, College Bound Students, Noncollege Bound Students, Identification (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal