Using narratives to explore other-directed occupational choice and academic success

Title

Using narratives to explore other-directed occupational choice and academic success

Creator

Rehfuss M C; Borges N J

Publisher

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Date

2006
2006-02

Description

The construct of "other-directed versus self-directed career choice" has existed for quite some time. The current focus of vocational psychologists and counselors has made them question the relevance of this construct for contemporary American society. Many counselors today challenge the assumption that a career choice based on others' expectations is problematic. This longitudinal study utilized a logistic regression analysis to determine whether self-directed or other-directed status, as measured by the Thematic Apperception Test related to success with which individuals enacted career choices. The sample consisted of 433 BS/MD students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science-Doctor of Medicine (BS/MD) degree program at a Midwestern medical college. The findings showed that self-directed or other-directed career choice did not predict academic success. (c) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Subject

Career choice; cultural bias; decision-making; identity; narratives; other-directed; predictor; Psychology; self; self-directed; TAT; thematic apperception test; validation

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

64-72

Issue

1

Volume

68

Citation

Rehfuss M C; Borges N J, “Using narratives to explore other-directed occupational choice and academic success,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 11, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6850.

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