Adolescent occupational aspirations: Test of Gottfredson's theory of circumscription and compromise

Daria B. Cochran, Eugene W. Wang, Sarah J. Stevenson, Leah E. Johnson, Charles Crews

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Abstract

The authors investigated the relationship between adolescent occupational aspirations and midlife career success. The model for adolescent occupational aspirations was derived from Gottfredson's (1981) theory of circumscription and compromise. The authors hypothesized that parental socioeconomic status (SES), ability, and gender predict adolescent occupational aspirations and influence career achievement in later life. Gottfredson's model was a good fit for the data. SES and ability influenced the formation of occupational aspirations, and ability and gender predicted career achievement in later life. Additionally, occupational aspirations predicted career achievement in later life. Adolescent girls achieved less career success in midlife than did adolescent boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-427
Number of pages16
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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