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NCJ Number: 217803 Find in a Library
Title: Positive Career Orientation as an Inhibitor of Adolescent Problem Behaviour
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:February 2007  Pages:131-146
Author(s): Vladimir Skorikov; Fred W. Vondracek
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how positive career orientation can prevent adolescents from engaging in or escalating problem behavior.
Abstract: The results indicate substantial support for the hypothesis that positive career orientation inhibits the development of problem behavior during adolescence. Adolescent delinquency is a major national concern in today’s society. However, it appears that a positive career orientation, characterized by valuing work as a means of self-fulfillment and seeing oneself as capable of pursuing one’s occupational goals, can be viewed as a potential predictor of successful adjustment and disengagement from deviant behavior. This study hypothesized that problem behavior in adolescents might be prevented or reduced by a combination of positive school and work attitudes that comprise what is called a positive career orientation. The study consisted of utilizing a short-term longitudinal design with two waves of data collection separated by a 1-year interval. Participants in the study were a combined sample of junior/senior school students in a rural area of the Northeastern United States. Table, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Deviance; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile delinquency research; Problem behavior; Self concept
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