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Cultural relativity in the conceptualization of career maturity.

Author: Hardin,-Erin-E; Leong,-Frederick-T-L; Osipow,-Samuel-H
Author Background: Ohio State U, Dept of Psychology, Columbis, OH, US
Date 2/2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Vocational-Behavior.
Volume/Pages Vol 58(1): 36-52
Subject Matter Asian American, Cultural-Assimilation, Research
Abstract Investigated whether theories and measurement of career maturity, because of their reliance on independence in career choice attitudes as a crucial variable, may be culturally relative and therefore less valid when working with Asian Americans. 182 Asian American and 235 European American college students completed Form B1 of the Crites Career Maturity Inventory, the Self Construal Scale, and a demographic questionnaire. Asian American participants also completed the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-identity Acculturation Scale. As a group, Asian Americans exhibited less mature career choice attitudes than European Americans. However, High Acculturation Asian Americans and those with lower Interdependent self-construals did not differ from European Americans in maturity of career choice attitudes. Counseling implications are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)