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An examination of the career decision -making intentions and behaviors of high school athletes and nonathletes using Social Cognitive Career Theory
Despite the fact that a large percentage of high school students participate in athletics, little is known about how athletic participation influences high school students' career decisions. Previous investigations in this area report conflicting results, lack a theoretical grounding, and fail to examine gender differences. The present study attempted to delineate the relationship between career decision-making attitudes and behaviors and participation in athletics using Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994). Three groups of athletes and one group of nonathletes attending a private high school completed measures of athletic identity commitment, teacher support, career decision making self-efficacy, career decision making outcome expectations, career commitment, career choice behaviors, athletic outcome expectations, and career aspirations. The results suggested both within- and between-group differences with respect to athletic identity commitment. Moreover, differences were found among the girls in the sample for levels of career decision-making self-efficacy, career decision-making outcome expectations, and career commitment. Finally, boy athletes and girl athletes were discriminated based on their levels of athletic identity commitment, career decision-making outcome expectations, and career commitment. The relationship of the results to Social Cognitive Career Theory is discussed. ^
Education, Secondary|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Cognitive
Paa, Heidi Kathryn, "An examination of the career decision -making intentions and behaviors of high school athletes and nonathletes using Social Cognitive Career Theory" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9977010.