An Examination of Contextual and Process Variables Influencing the Career Development of African-American Male Athletes and Non-Athletes

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The purpose of this study was to examine the career development of African-American male athletes and non-athletes. The study utilizes Gottfredson’s circumscription and compromise model of career development as a framework for understanding the way individuals go about selecting different career paths based on various contextual variables and career development processes. A sample of 71 African-American male college students completed self-report questionnaires measuring different aspects of their background make-up, relevant career development processes, and career development outcome variables. Results of the study suggest that non-athlete students have a more developmentally appropriate approach to careers. Results also suggest that perceived career ... continued below

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Bader, Christopher M. August 2011.

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The purpose of this study was to examine the career development of African-American male athletes and non-athletes. The study utilizes Gottfredson’s circumscription and compromise model of career development as a framework for understanding the way individuals go about selecting different career paths based on various contextual variables and career development processes. A sample of 71 African-American male college students completed self-report questionnaires measuring different aspects of their background make-up, relevant career development processes, and career development outcome variables. Results of the study suggest that non-athlete students have a more developmentally appropriate approach to careers. Results also suggest that perceived career barriers and career locus of control mediate the relationship between athletic status and maturity surrounding careers. Career development is a complicated process and further study on this population is very important, especially when considering athletes. Implications for the findings are discussed as are suggestions for directions of new research concerning African-American career development.

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Bader, Christopher M. An Examination of Contextual and Process Variables Influencing the Career Development of African-American Male Athletes and Non-Athletes, dissertation, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84166/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .