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ERIC Number: EJ983700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1069-0727
Validating the Future Career Autobiography as a Measure of Narrative Change
Rehfuss, Mark C.; Di Fabio, Annamaria
Journal of Career Assessment, v20 n4 p452-462 Nov 2012
This study examined the validity of the Future Career Autobiography (FCA; Rehfuss, 2009), a qualitative instrument designed to capture change or stability in individuals' life and occupational narratives across time as a result of narrative career interventions. Italian female entrepreneurs (N = 82) were randomly assigned into either an experimental group (n = 40) that received career counseling consistent with the Life Design paradigm or a control group (n = 42) that received no intervention. The results indicated a significant narrative movement or change in the post-FCAs of the experimental group, moving from general to more specific life and occupational themes, while the control group's pre- and post-FCAs remained similar across the same time period. In addition, word count analysis revealed expanded narrative expression within the experimental group's post-FCAs. Together, these findings support the validity of this qualitative instrument. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy