Relation of vocational identity statuses to interest structure among Swiss adolescents

Hirschi, Andreas (2011). Relation of vocational identity statuses to interest structure among Swiss adolescents. Journal of Career Development, 38(5), pp. 390-407. Sage Publications 10.1177/0894845310378665

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Vocational identity is one core component of identity construction in adolescence. The current study investigated whether vocational interest structure in terms of differentiation, coherence, elevation, and interest-aspiration congruence would differentiate among students in vocational identity achievement, foreclosure, moratorium, and diffusion. Swiss students at the beginning of eighth grade (N = 341) participated in the study. Groups were created using cluster analysis based on the dimensions of career exploration and career commitment, and group differences were explored with discriminant analysis. Controlling for sociodemographic variables, higher interest differentiation and elevation distinguished students in achievement/moratorium from those in diffusion. More interest elevation differentiated moratorium from foreclosure. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Sage Publications




Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

16 Feb 2015 10:31

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Vocational Interests, Discriminant Analysis, Grade 8, Career Exploration, Adolescents, Self Concept, Occupational Aspiration, Foreign Countries, Multivariate Analysis, Career Choice, Measures (Individuals), Construct Validity


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