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Nauta, Margaret M. – Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2010
This article celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of John L. Holland's (1959) theory of vocational personalities and work environments by describing the theory's development and evolution, its instrumentation, and its current status. Hallmarks of Holland's theory are its empirical testability and its user-friendliness. By…
Descriptors: Vocational Interests, Personality Theories, Development, Counseling Psychology
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Leung, S. Alvin; And Others – Journal of Vocational Behavior, 1992
A total of 211 male and 353 female gifted high school juniors completed the Vocational Identity Scale of Holland et al.'s My Vocational Situation (MVS) and the Self-Directed Search. Results suggested that vocational identity was not related to consistency or differentiation, either because the MVS may be inaccurate or the gifted population may be…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Career Choice, Correlation, Grade 11
Eells, Gregory T.; Romans, John S. C. – 1994
A study examined the extent to which sex role identity and career indecision could be used as predictors of individuals' congruence with their environment. Holland's Self-Directed Search, the Bem Sex Role Inventory, and the Career Decision Scale were administered to 84 male and 42 female undergraduates who had declared Animal Science majors at a…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Agricultural Education, Animal Husbandry, Career Choice
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Johnson, John A. – Journal of Vocational Behavior, 1987
Examined relationship between membership in adolescent social crowds and vocational identity in early adulthood. In four samples (N=274), membership in five junior high school crowds (Motorheads, Brains, Freaks, Politicos, Conformists) was associated with higher scores on Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Enterprising, and Conventional scales,…
Descriptors: College Students, Group Membership, Higher Education, Junior High School Students
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Conneran, J. Mark; Hartman, Bruce W. – Journal of Career Development, 1993
Data from 112 of 126 twelfth-grade vocational students who completed Career Decision Scale, My Vocational Situation, and Self-Directed Search showed that chronically career undecided students had lower levels of congruence and vocational identity. Such students may need a more psychotherapeutic approach to career counseling. (SK)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Concurrent Validity, Decision Making, High School Students
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Loughead, Teri A.; Black, David R. – Journal of Counseling and Development, 1990
Developed criteria for selection of career development program appropriate for mentally ill. Mentally ill persons who participated in Self-Directed Search (SDS) showed significant change on My Vocational Situation Identity Scale. Findings support selection of SDS as program and feasibility of offering career development services to mentally ill.…
Descriptors: Career Development, Evaluation Criteria, Mental Disorders, Program Development
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Fretz, Bruce R.; Leong, Frederick T. L. – Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1982
Career status measures, goals for participating in career intervention, and ego strength were related to six outcomes of the administration of the Self-Directed Search. Most change occurred for females high on vocational identity; most satisfaction with the SDS and job choice was attained by those low in indecision. (Author)
Descriptors: Career Development, College Students, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics
Reardon, Robert C.; And Others – 1993
The purpose of this study was to examine the use of the Self-Directed Search: Computer Version (SDS:CV) in a university career center's service delivery and research activities. Data were collected from a sample of 180 clients over a 16-month period, using the information provided in the professional summary report of the SDS:CV. Social and…
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Guidance, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education
Holland, John L.; And Others – 1973
The validity of some theoretically-derived vocational diagnostic signs was examined to learn if a person's self-knowledge, occupational knowledge, and decision-making ability were predictable. Diverse samples of high school juniors (N = 1005), college juniors (N = 692), and employed adults (N = 140) were administered the Self-Directed Search (the…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Career Guidance, Decision Making