ATHLETIC IDENTITY AND EGO IDENTITY STATUS AS PREDICTORS OF CAREER MATURITY AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Title: ATHLETIC IDENTITY AND EGO IDENTITY STATUS AS PREDICTORS OF CAREER MATURITY AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Author: Adams, Jeffrey
Abstract: Adams , Jeffrey C . “Athletic Identity and Ego Identity Status as Predictors of Career Maturity Among High School Students .” Unpublished Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation , University of Houston , May 2011 . Abstract The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between degree of identification with the role of athlete (athletic identity ) , identity foreclosure , and career maturity among high school students . In the current study 275 high school students completed the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS ) , The Extended Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status (EOM -EIS -2 ) , and the Attitude scale (Screening Form A -2 ) of the Career Maturity Inventory . Pearson product moment correlations demonstrated that identity foreclosure scores were inversely related to career maturity . Athletic identity was also positively correlated with identity foreclosure . Multiple regression analyses were employed to test the mediation effects of identity foreclosure , in explaining the relation between athletic identity and career maturity . However , the analyses indicated that athletic identity was not significantly related to career maturity . Consequently , no mediational path was detected . Three separate exploratory MANOVAs were then performed to examine the effects of participation in interscholastic athletics (athletes [n = 133] vs . non -athletes [n = 142] ) , gender (males [n = 141] vs . females [n = 134] ) , and grade level (9th and 10th grade students [n = 53] vs . 11th and 12 grade students [n = 222] ) on identity foreclosure , athletic identity and career maturity scores . The results indicated that athletes displayed significantly higher scores on athletic identity and identity foreclosure than their non -athlete peers . Males also scored significantly higher in athletic identity and identity foreclosure than females . Finally , students in lower grades exhibited significantly greater levels of athletic identity and identity foreclosed thinking . The only significant differences in career maturity were found for gender , with females exhibiting more mature vocational attitudes than males . The findings offered a glimpse at the relationship between identity and career development variables within a high school population . While student -athletes demonstrated a strong commitment to the athlete role and greater identity foreclosure , they did not appear to be distinct from non -athletes in terms of their vocational maturity .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10657 /261
Date: 2012-04-19

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ATHLETIC IDENTITY AND EGO IDENTITY STATUS AS PREDICTORS OF CAREER MATURITY AMONG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. Doctoral dissertation, University of Houston. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10657 /261 .

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