Effectiveness of Career Development and Cognitive Reframe Therapy on Irrational Career thoughts among Secondary School Students. The African Symposium
The African Symposium: An online journal of the African Educational Research Network
Choosing a professional career is an important step that influences the aspirations of students. Students sometimes are unable to make a decision about the career they wish to pursue later in life. Career practitioners in Nigeria have observed that most secondary school leavers in Nigeria often make poor career decisions due to unrealistic vocational aspirations. Despite vast researches on adolescents’ career problems, irrational career thought remain largely understudied within the field of vocational psychology in Nigeria. This study examined the effectiveness of Career Development (CD) and Cognitive Reframe (CR) therapy in reducing irrational career thoughts of secondary school students. A sample of 96 Senior Secondary School one students with irrational career thoughts were purposively selected from three randomly selected Senior Secondary Schools in Ogun State Nigeria. There were two treatment conditions (CD and CR) that lasted for seven weeks. Career Thought Inventory (α = 0.86) was use to collect data. Data were analyzed using Analysis of Covariance. There was a significant main effect of treatment on dysfunctional career thoughts of secondary school students. CD and CR were found to be effective in reducing irrational career thoughts of secondary school students. Implications of these on career development in Nigeria were discussed.
Career development therapy , Cognitive reframes , Irrational career thoughts , Secondary school students , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Adegun A.O and Aremu A.O (2013) Effectiveness of Career Development and Cognitive Reframe Therapy on Irrational Career thoughts among Secondary School Students. The African Symposium: An Online Journal of the African Educational Research Network, Vol 13 (2), 94