Predicting educational and vocational attitudes among rural high school students

Kara Brita Wettersten, Adam Guilmino, Christen G. Herrick, Patricia J. Hunter, Grace Y. Kim, Desiree Jagow, Timothy Beecher, Kiri Faul, Allison A. Baker, Susan E. Rudolph, Kendra Ellenbecker, Jana McCormick

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Given the paucity of literature addressing the experiences of rural youth, this study investigated the ability of assessed levels of social support, perceived parental involvement, academic self-efficacy, and perceived educational barriers to predict school engagement and work role attitudes among rural high school students. The authors specifically intended to test the generalizability of M. E. Kenny, D. L. Blustein, A. Chaves, J. M. Grossman, and L. A. Gallagher's (2003) findings with a rural population and within a social cognitive career theory (R. W. Lent, S. D. Brown, & G. Hackett, 2002) framework. Results supported the hypothesized importance of contextual factors (social support and parent involvement) and self-efficacy in predicting the work and school attitudes of rural students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)658-663
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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