DOI: 10.1002/cdq.12087">

Contextual factors related to African American adolescent career development

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Leadership and Counseling

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Career Development Quarterly


African American adolescents’ career development has gained increased attention in light of various barriers affecting their educational and career development goals. The author examined relationships among career decision self-efficacy, ethnic identity, and academic self-concept of 104 African American high school students enrolled in Upward Bound programs. Participants responded to measures of career decision self-efficacy, ethnic identity, and academic self-concept. Results indicated that career decision self-efficacy was significantly and positively correlated with ethnic identity and academic self-concept. In addition, academic self-concept was found to be a stronger predictor of career decision self-efficacy than was ethnic identity. The results of this study may assist counselors, teachers, administrators, and parents to understand career decision self-efficacy as it relates to ethnic identity, academic self-concept, and demographic variables. This research supports the need for continued career-related interventions within the schools designed to focus on factors related to ethnic minorities to help foster their career development.

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DOI: 10.1002/cdq.12087