Native American Adolescent Career Development

Sherri L. Turner, Richard T. Lapan

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Within the framework of Social Cognitive Career (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994, 2000), this study examined the associations among career interests, career efficacy expectations, gender, and perceived parent support among Native American and Caucasian middle school adolescents. Consistent with previous research, results indicated that Native American young people had greater interests in Realistic and Conventional occupations, and in occupations that typically require a high-school diploma, a trade school certificate, or 2 years of post high-school education. However, contrary to previous findings, they had as great a range of interests in and self-efficacy expectations for Investigative, Artistic, Social, and Enterprising occupations as Caucasian adolescents, and similarly high levels of interests, efficacy, and perceived parent support for careers typically requiring 4 or more years of post-high school education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


  • Career development
  • Middle school adolescents
  • Native Americans


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