Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate career maturity in undergraduate college students. The following independent variables were investigated: gender, GPA, classification, extracurricular activity level, and academic major changes. The dependent variable was scores from the Attitude Scale of the Career Maturity Inventory, Screening Form A- 2. A status survey factorial and single- factor designs were employed. Four composite null hypotheses and two single-factor null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level of statistical significance. A total of 16 comparisons plus 14 recurring were made. Of the 16 comparisons, 6 were main effects. Of the 6 main effects, 1 was statistically significant at the .05 level. The significant main effect was for gender. The results indicated females had a larger mean career maturity score than males. Of the 16 comparisons, 10 were interactions. None of the interactions was statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. college females have greater career maturity than college males; 2. no significant association exists between college grade point average (GPA) and career maturity; 3. no association between undergraduate classification and career maturity; 4. no association between extracurricular activity level and career maturity, and 5. no association exists between number of academic major changes and career maturity.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Summer 1992

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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