Personality, interests, and self-efficacy: The incremental validity of basic level constructs in discriminating among college majors and occupational aspirations

dc.contributor.advisor Patrick I. Armstrong
dc.contributor.author Junk, Kate
dc.contributor.department Psychology
dc.date 2018-08-11T17:46:19.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:44:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:44:38Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2012
dc.date.embargo 2013-06-05
dc.date.issued 2012-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Although interests, personality, and self-efficacy have long been linked to academic and career choices, many studies examine only one or two constructs at a time and few fully address the multiple determination of academic and career choices. This study builds on previous research by addressing the incremental validity of measuring multiple constructs concurrently, as well as by addressing the incremental validity of basic level constructs. Interests, personality, and self-efficacy can all be measured at multiple levels of specificity, and early research has shown support for the incremental validity of basic level constructs beyond their broad level counterpart. An additional contribution of the present study is the simultaneous measurement of both college major and future occupational aspirations, another comparison rarely made in vocational research. Discriminant function analysis of data from 948 students enrolled at a large Midwestern University resulted in support for the incremental validity of the full model including all three constructs versus any pair of constructs for both college major and occupational aspiration. Clear support was also shown for the incremental validity of basic level constructs for both college major and occupational aspirations, with an additional 20.7% of students correctly classified into their major group and an additional 28% correctly classified into their occupational aspiration group. Implications for counseling and assessment, limitations, and future directions are also discussed.</p>
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dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/12713/
dc.identifier.articleid 3720
dc.identifier.contextkey 4186471
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-2758
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath etd/12713
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/26902
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.disciplines Psychology
dc.subject.keywords Interests
dc.subject.keywords Major Choice
dc.subject.keywords Occupational Aspirations
dc.subject.keywords Personality
dc.subject.keywords Self-Efficacy
dc.subject.keywords Vocational Psychology
dc.title Personality, interests, and self-efficacy: The incremental validity of basic level constructs in discriminating among college majors and occupational aspirations
dc.type article
dc.type.genre dissertation
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thesis.degree.level dissertation
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
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