The development of vocational schemas

Previous research has conceptualized vocational development as a sequence of structural changes in the cognitive schemas used to interpret and anticipate vocational events

Greg J Neimeyer

2004

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  • Previous research has conceptualized vocational development as a sequence of structural changes in the cognitive schemas used to interpret and anticipate vocational events
  • Three studies were designed to determine whether organizational features of vocational schemas varied with other, already established, developmental sequences
  • Results of Study 1 indicated that higher levels of vocational structure were related to higher levels of general identity development in a manner consistent with the model's developmental assumptions
  • Studies 2A and 2B extended these findings in the context of larger samples using independent measures of identity development
  • Together with findings relating higher structural development to higher levels of career decision-making self-efficacy and career decidedness, these results were interpreted as providing qualified support for the assumption that vocational schemas undergo organizational development

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