Date Approved

5-2-2000

Embargo Period

6-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Self-perception; Vocational guidance; College majors

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether or not there is a relationship between the congruence (agreement) of an individual's vocational interests and academic major and the level of self-concept. This study reports on the level of self-concept and the degree of congruence between the selection of an academic major and their personality type or profile using the Self Directed Search (Holland, 1994). The level of self-concept was determined by using the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale (Fitts, 1965). The congruence score was obtained by utilizing was the Zener-Schnuelle Congruence Index (Robbins, Harvey, & Kandefer 1978). Sixty college freshmen and sophomores, ages 18-26 years old, participated in the study. A Pearson Correlation confirmed the research hypothesis that students with a high self-concept showed significantly more congruence between their college major and occupational interests than those students with low self-concepts.

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