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ERIC Number: EJ877013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1069-0727
Vocational Interests and Prospective College Majors among Youth of Color in Poverty
Diemer, Matthew A.; Wang, Qiu; Smith, Aaron V.
Journal of Career Assessment, v18 n1 p97-110 2010
A clear sense of vocational interests may facilitate high school students' capacity to connect current interests to congruent educational and occupational environments. This is particularly important for youth who experience external constraints on career development and college attendance. This study examined how well vocational interests, operationalized as greater differentiation and strength of interests, predict congruent prospective college majors among high school-aged youth of color in poverty. Multiple regression analyses suggested that vocational interests significantly predicted congruent majors for samples of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/ Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, and Latino/Latina youth. This study suggests that vocational interests may help marginalized youth connect disparate phases of their work lives, extends previous scholarship by examining high school-aged and marginalized youth, and informs vocational and postsecondary counseling and guidance. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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