Effects of the use of the Vocational Exploration Group on career maturity

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60 8th- and 9th-grade students, 36 males and 24 females, were randomly assigned to experimental groups participating in the Vocational Exploration Group (VEG) process for 1 hr/wk for 5 wks and to a control group receiving no career education, to determine if VEG treatment applied to rural junior high students would result in increased career maturity. The Career Maturity Inventory, which was administered to all Ss before and after the treatment, indicated significantly positive changes for the experimental groups on the Attitude scale and on 3 of the 5 Competence scales, while scores for the control group remained constant. Results indicate that the VEG can effectively assist students to develop positive attitudes toward the world of work and to acquire critical behavior upon which to base mature career decisions. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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