Career decision making for young elite athletes: are we ahead on points?

Albion, Majella J. and Fogarty, Gerard J. (2005) Career decision making for young elite athletes: are we ahead on points? Australian Journal of Career Development, 14 (1). pp. 51-62. ISSN 1038-4162

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[Abstract]: A comparison is made between the career decision-making of high school students
who are also elite athletes and a sample of non-athlete students. The 226 athletes (111
females, 115 males) in the study were on sporting scholarships with the Australian
Institute of Sport or state/territory institutions. Measures included the Career Decision
Difficulties Questionnaire, and the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale. The nonathlete
data were obtained from 272 high school students (149 females, 123 males).
Only three athletes indicated a singular focus on a career in professional sport. There
were significant relationships between athletic identity and career decision
difficulties, especially in relation to dysfunctional myths, and only one difference
between difficulties reported by athletes and non-athletes. Tentative conclusions are
drawn about the factors that impact on career decision making among elite athletes
and possible directions for future research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: athlete, athletes, student, career development, career decision difficulties
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology

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