Role Commitment and Career Development in Secondary School Students

Year: 1985

Author: Lokan, Jan, Levy, Betty

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Approximately 360 students for whom SES, verbal ability and Career Development Inventory (CDI) scores were available from Year 9 were readministered the CDI in Year 12 together with a measure of their degree of commitment to several life roles (the Salience Inventory) and a self-esteem scale. Zero-order correlations between the role commitment and career develop- ment (CD) variables yielded expected results, particularly between commitment to studying and working and level of CD. Stepwise regression analyses suggested that SES is a much less significant predictor of CD than are the role commitment vari- ables. Analyses by sex indicated that the role commitment variables probably function differentially for males and females.