Exploration as a predictor of congruence in adolescents' career choices

Harold D. Grotevant, Catherine R. Cooper, Kathryn Kramer

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The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that adolescents who explore a variety of career alternatives will make career choices that are more congruent with their personality styles than will adolescents who explore less broadly. The sample of 57 female and 45 male high school seniors (mean age = 17.6 years) completed an ego identity interview, from which each occupation they reported considering was coded for four dimensions: occupational prestige, substantive complexity, interest environment, and gender dominance. Participants also completed the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory and a verbal ability measure. Two indices were constructed to assess the degree of congruence between the adolescent's primary career choice and personality style. Regression analyses indicated that breadth of exploration in the four career dimensions, particularly in gender dominance exploration, was predictive of congruence for males and females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-215
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1986

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