Graduate Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Supervisory Committee Chair

Patricio Jaramillo, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Clarence D. Kron, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

James M. Olson, Ph.D.


Grade, sex and ethnicity differences in career maturity, level of career aspirations and decision making of adolescents were examined. The subjects were one hundred and two students drawn from regular seventh through twelfth grade classes of three schools. The subjects were given the Career Development Inventory to assess career maturity. National Opinion Research Center prestige ratings for occupations were used to determine the subjects' level of career aspiration. The subjects were also presented with ten decision dilemmas. The responses to the dilemmas reflected willingness to delay temporal gratification for future goals and adherence to personal goals or deference to the social situation. The results indicate a significant difference by grade on the subjects career maturity and their willingness to delay temporal gratification for future goals. Results also suggest a significant difference for males and females in knowledge of the world of work and how to make career decisions.



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