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ERIC Number: EJ878988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Career Development in the Context of Self-Construction during Adolescence
Usinger, Janet; Smith, Marilyn
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v76 n3 p580-591 Jun 2010
This longitudinal qualitative study examines the process adolescents undertake as they socially construct their career ideations. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a cross-section of 60 adolescents living in economically disadvantaged urban and rural communities twice a year from seventh through the twelfth grade. Using constructivist grounded theory analysis, six self-concept groups are presented: (a) self-in-the-larger-world, (b) self-creation, (c) self-absorbed, (d) angry, (e) detached, and (f) overwhelmed self. For each of these groups, descriptions are provided, followed by a discussion of the process of their career exploration and the characteristics of the group. Findings contribute to our understanding of some of the determining factors that influence readiness for career counseling. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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