The relationship of identity status to career indecision during adolescence

Examined the relationship between the identity statuses as operationalized (achievement, diffusion, moratorium, and foreclosure) by J. E. Marcia (1966, 1976, 1980) and different kinds of career indecision. 407 7th-12th graders completed a measure of ego identity status and the Career Decision Scale. Findings show that membership in a specific identity status group was significantly related to the nature and amount of career indecision. Achievement responders had significantly lower career indecision scores than respondents in the other 3 identity status groups. Foreclosure respondents, who presumably have accepted the ideological position of their parents, were generally no different from other uncommitted identity status types in either the amount or type of career indecision they experienced. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)