Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
Print version ISSN 0103-166X
TEIXEIRA, Marco Antônio Pereira and DIAS, Ana Cristina Garcia. Vocational exploration scales for high school students. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.1, pp. 89-96. ISSN 0103-166X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2011000100009.
Vocational exploration is essential to vocational development and for career decision-making. The aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties of a version of the Vocational Exploration Scales adapted for use with high school students, which evaluate two dimensions of vocational exploration: self-exploration and environmental exploration. The scales were applied to 436 high school students (mean age: 16.3 years; 55.3% women). Principal components analyses revealed the two expected components, suggesting the construct validity of the instrument. Reliability indices obtained were also satisfactory. It may be concluded that the Vocational Exploration Scales are valid and reliable instruments for assessing vocational exploration that can be used in future research.
Keywords : Psychological assessment; Exploratory behavior; Career exploration; Vocational exploration.