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Gottfredson’s Theory of Career Aspiration Developmental:Brief Introduction and Research Review

Hou Zhijin,Alvin S. Leung   

  1. School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;(Faculty of Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Received:2004-10-15 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2005-03-15 Published:2005-03-15
  • Contact: Hou Zhijin

Abstract: Gottfredon (1981, 1996, 2002) proposed a theory of career aspiration in which she delineated a framework on the development of career aspirations through processes of circumscription and compromise. A key component of Gottfredson’s theory is a developmental framework describing how individual career aspirations are influenced by considerations related to sex-type, prestige, and occupational field. This article summarizes Gottfredson’s theory as well as relevant research findings related to this theory. Also, implications to career counseling in schools are examined

Key words: career aspiration, zone of acceptable alternatives, circumscription, compromise

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