Predicting career development in hard-of-hearing adolescents in Australia
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This article reports on a study investigating the career development of hard of hearing high school students attending regular classes with itinerant teacher support. Sixty-five hard of hearing students were compared with a matched group of normally hearing peers on measures of career maturity, career indecision, perceived career barriers, and three variables associated with Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown & Hackett, 1994): career decision-making self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and goals. In addition, the predictors of career maturity and career indecision were tested in both groups. Results indicated that (a) the two groups did not differ on measures of career maturity, (b) the SCCT variables were less predictive of career behaviours for the hard of hearing students than for the normally hearing students, and (c) perceived career barriers related to hearing loss predicted lower scores on career maturity attitude for the hard of hearing students. These findings are discussed in the context of career education and counselling interventions that may benefit young people who are hard of hearing.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
© 2005 Oxford University Press. The definitive publisher-authenticated version J. Deaf Stud. Deaf Educ. 2005 10: 146-160 is available online at: http://jdsde.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/10/2/146