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ERIC Number: EJ907878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Cross-Lagged Relationships between Career Aspirations and Goal Orientation in Early Adolescents
Creed, Peter; Tilbury, Clare; Buys, Nick; Crawford, Meegan
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v78 n1 p92-99 Feb 2011
We surveyed 217 students (145 girls; average age = 14.6 years) on two occasions, twelve months apart, on measures of career aspirations (job aspirations, job expectations, educational aspirations) and goal orientation (learning, performance-prove, performance-avoid), and tested the causal relationship between goal orientation and aspirations. We assessed five plausible cross-lagged models (a baseline model testing stability and synchronous effects only, a standard causal model with added cross-lagged paths from goal orientation at T1 to the outcome variables at T2, a reverse-causation model, a reciprocal-causation model, and a model of best fit). We found significant, synchronous associations at T1 and T2 between goal orientation and career aspiration, significant stability coefficients for all variables, and support for a standard causal model, with changes in performance-prove and performance-avoid orientations, but not learning orientation, associated with changes in career aspirations over time. We discuss the outcomes in relation to theory and the implications for practitioners. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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