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Swiss adolescents' career aspirations: Influence of context, age, and career adaptability
Journal of Career Development
Accession Number: 2010-01181-002. First Author & Affiliation: Hirschi, Andreas; Leuphana University of Luneburg, Institute for Strategic HR Management Research and Development (SMARD), Lueneburg, Germany. Other Journal Titles: Journal of Career Education. Other Publishers: Springer. Release Date: 20100301. Publication Type: Journal, (0100); Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110); . Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Age Differences; Occupational Aspirations; Realism (Philosophy). Minor Descriptor: Adolescent Attitudes; Career Development. Classification: Psychosocial & Personality Development (2840) . Population: Human (10); Male (30); Female (40); . Location: Switzerland. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) School Age (6-12 yrs) (180) Adolescence (13-17 yrs) (200) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) . Tests & Measures: Career Development Inventoryâeuro"Career Development Attitudes Scale; . Methodology: Empirical Study; Quantitative Study. References Available: Y.. Page Count: 18.. Issue Publication Date: Feb, 2010. Copyright: Curators of the University of Missouri. 2010.;
This study investigated the content, realism, stability, and coherence of the career aspirations of 262 students in seventh grade in Switzerland (ages 13-15 years). The content analysis revealed that 82% of the participants named at least one realistic career aspiration, and aspirations showed clear resemblance to existing opportunities in the environment. Quantitative analyses confirmed the hypotheses that realism and stability of aspirations over a 10-month period could better be predicted by individual degree of career adaptability as measured by planfulness and exploration than by chronological age when grade level was controlled for. Coherence of aspirations was not related to age or adaptability. Students attending basic scholastic requirements school tracks reported more adaptability but not more realistic, stable, or coherent aspirations compared to students in advanced requirements tracks. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)
Swiss adolescents career aspirations realism age differences Occupational Aspirations Realism (Philosophy) Adolescent Attitudes Career Development
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