Children's Vocational Development: A Research Rationale


Department of Behavioral Sciences, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy, 4209 S.R. 44, Rootstown, OH 44272-0095 (e-mail:


Vocational development research and interventions have focused primarily on adolescents and young adults. The lack of attention to career development antecedents in children has led to a serious neglect of this period of life when the foundation is laid for career choices and outcomes in later life. A harmful by-product is the frequent preclusion of gender-atypical occupational pathways by boys and especially by girls. To address this situation, the authors recommend identifying a core set of constructs that describe children's vocational development and developing sound instruments to measure them, leading to a longitudinal study ranging from childhood to early adulthood.