An investigation of psychological type and career maturity

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Suzanne Cole Freeman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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W. Larry Osborne

Abstract: The problem addressed by this research was to investigate Super's construct of career maturity, as defined by the Career Development Inventory, to determine if its development is limited to a certain psychological type, as defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Hotelling-Lawley Trace was the statistic employed to analyze the potential relationships between the scales of the Career Development Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It was determined that there were no statistically significant correlations between the scales of the two instruments. Results indicate that the concept of career maturity is more broadly defined than theory currently states. Career counselors should accept different psychological type preferences as effective processes for making credible career decisions. The results of this investigation suggest the need for a reconsideration of three basic tenets of Super's theoretical model of career development. The model should be reconsidered for the purpose of broadening the definition of acceptable processes of information gathering, decision making, and decision strategy in the course of career decision making.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Career development $x Psychological aspects

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