Cross-lagged relationships between career aspirations and goal orientation in early adolescents

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Title Cross-lagged relationships between career aspirations and goal orientation in early adolescents
Author Creed, Peter Alexander; Tilbury, Clare; Buys, Nicholas J.; Crawford, Meegan Joan
Journal Name Journal of Vocational Behavior
Editor M L Savickus
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract We surveyed 217 students (145 girls; average age = 14.6 years) on two occasions, twelve months apart, on measures of career aspirations (job aspirations, job expectations, educational aspirations) and goal orientation (learning, performance-prove, performance-avoid), and tested the causal relationship between goal orientation and aspirations. We assessed five plausible cross-lagged models (a baseline model testing stability and synchronous effects only, a standard causal model with added cross-lagged paths from goal orientation at T1 to the outcome variables at T2, a reverse-causation model, a reciprocal-causation model, and a model of best fit). We found significant, synchronous associations at T1 and T2 between goal orientation and career aspiration, significant stability coefficients for all variables, and support for a standard causal model, with changes in performance-prove and performance-avoid orientations, but not learning orientation, associated with changes in career aspirations over time. We discuss the outcomes in relation to theory and the implications for practitioners.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 78
Issue Number 1
Page from 92
Page to 99
ISSN 0001-8791
Date Accessioned 2012-01-17
Language en_US
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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