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Diagnostics of adolescents‘ relationship to their own future vocation via the REP-test



Year of publication 2011
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description The paper examines data from the international project ELSPAC. For our research, we analyzed data from examinations of 17-year-old respondents. The views of their future vocation as well as the vocations of significant others (mother, father, significant other) were acquired by a modified version of the REP-test and assessed from the perspective of their favorableness and cognitive complexity. We found out that adolescents, while assessing their potential future vocation, are influenced by family upbringing- there is a strong influence of the factor of emotional warmth in family related to a positive relationship to the adolescents’ vocational future. Moreover, it became evident that the more negative view the adolescents have of the individual vocations, the more differentiated they try to perceive them (higher cognitive complexity). However, in a more detailed analysis, we discovered that vocations viewed as a strongly negative and strongly positive are perceived as less differentiated than vocations assessed in a neutral way, which can be explained by the hypothesis of emotional engagement.
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