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Predicting career information-seeking behavior of school pupils using the theory of planned behavior

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Millar, Robert and Shevlin, Mark (2003) Predicting career information-seeking behavior of school pupils using the theory of planned behavior. JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR, 62 (1). pp. 26-42. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/S0001-8791(02)00045-3


The variation in the extent to which adolescents engage in career exploratory behavior is large. This study examined the utility of the Theory of Planned Behavior, augmented by the addition of a past behavior variable, in predicting information-seeking behavior in a school pupil sample. A sample of 278 adolescents completed a questionnaire administered six weeks into the first term and again six weeks later. A structural equation modeling analysis, using LISREL 8.3, suggested that the enhanced TPB adequately accounted for the data (RMSEA = 0.047). The results indicated that behavioral intentions to search for career information were influenced primarily by past behavior and to a lesser extent by attitudes towards career exploratory behavior. Future behavior was explained best by past behavior. Social norms and perceived behavioral control exerted no significant influence on behavioral intentions or self-reported career exploratory behavior. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:1960
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 14:48
Last Modified:12 Mar 2012 16:44

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