SVIBOR - Project code: 6-06-004


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Project code: 6-06-004

Some aspects of vocational maturation in adolescence

Main researcher: VIZEK-VIDOVIĆ, VLASTA (52586)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 01/01/95.

Papers on project (total): 17
Institution name: Filozofski fakultet - Humanističke znanosti, Zagreb (130)
Department/Institute: Department of Psychology
Address: 10000 Zagreb, Lučićeva 3
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)1 6120-187
Fax: 385 (0)1 6120-037

Summary: The aim of this study was to examine the key concept of Super's career development theory, i.e. vocational maturity. Vocational maturity is defined as a multidimensional construct comprising cognitive, conative and affective components. The relationship of vocational maturity to other relevant psychosocial variables such as: age, sex, SES, intelligence, achievement motivation, academic achievement, test-anxiety, work values, self-esteem, self-competence and vocational interests and planning was also examined. The research design is a combination of transversal and longitudinal approach. The subjects were students from 10 primary schools in Zagreb whose vocational development was followed from the age of 10 to 15. The initial reserach design was somewhat changed because of the unpredictable changes in research conditions mainly due to the disruption of regular educational practises during the war. So the data gathering was completed by the end of the first year of students' attending high school. On the other hand a new subsample was included i.e. students-refugees. The methods of multivariate statistic analysis were used in the data processing.

Keywords: adolescence, vocational development, vocational maturity

Research goals: The aim of the study was to examine the key concept of Super theory of career development: career maturity. The research examines relationship between this construct and some other psychosocial and educational variables. The theoretical contribution will be the crosscultural validation of the model and applicative contribution will consist in the construction of new career maturity inventory which will improve the quality of vocational guidance of adolescents.

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