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ERIC Number: EJ775276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Motivational Attributes of Occupational Possible Selves for Low-Income Rural Women
Robinson, Barbara S.; Davis, Kathleen L.; Meara, Naomi M.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v50 n2 p156-164 Apr 2003
To explore the influence of theorized motivational properties of possible selves on participants' perceived likelihood of achieving their most hoped-for self and avoiding their most feared self, the authors surveyed 198 low-income rural women attending either adult basic education classes (DHS, n=95) or community college developmental classes (DEV, n=103), who provided demographic information and completed questionnaires about occupational possible selves and personal efficacy. Affect, knowing someone in a hoped-for occupation, self-initiated actions, and personal efficacy each accounted for significant variance in predicting the participants' perceptions of achieving their most hoped-for self. None of the variables was predictive of participants' perceptions of avoiding their most feared self. Information about this population, implications for research, and career counseling are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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