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ERIC Number: EJ987048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Career Readiness and Individuals with Disabilities
Strauser, David; Zanskas, Stephen; Lustig, Daniel
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v25 n3-4 p173-179 2011
Purpose: The purpose of the current study is to investigate the relationship between career readiness, defined as capability and complexity, and vocational identity for individuals with disabilities. Method: Forty-three consumers participating in vocational evaluation services for a state-federal vocational rehabilitation agency completed the Career Thoughts Inventory (CTI) and My Vocational Situation (MVS). Regression analysis was used to investigate the relationship between two independent variables (complexity and capability) and vocational identity. Results: The results indicated that the independent variables (complexity and capability) accounted for 52% of the variance of the MVS--Vocational Identity score. Partial eta square for complexity was 0.03 (small effect) and for capability 0.46 (large effect). Conclusions: The results of the study provide support that improving career readiness contributes to improved vocational identity defined as the individual having a clearer and more stable understanding of their career goals, interests, personality, and talents. The Career Thoughts Inventory can be used by a vocational rehabilitation counselor to differentiate an individual's level of career readiness and develop targeted career interventions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: My Vocational Situation; Career Thoughts Inventory