Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 313–330 | Cite as

Older adolescents' thinking about academic/vocational and interpersonal commitments

  • Kathleen M. Galotti
  • Steven F. Kozberg


Sixty-eight college students listed the factors they consider or would consider when making the following commitments: choosing courses, choosing a major, choosing a career, choosing a friend, choosing a romantic partner, and choosing a lifelong partner. In addition, subjects provided their own definition ofcommitment in an unstructured essay. Subjects listed more factors, more distinct types of factors, and more original factors for interpersonal commitments than for academic/vocational commitments. There were few gender differences found in these measures, contradicting the idea that men and women think differently about different commitments. In addition, few gender or class year differences were found in the themes present in the essay definingcommitment. Conceptions of commitment, as described in essays, predicted thinking about specific commitments only slightly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen M. Galotti
    • 1
  • Steven F. Kozberg
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCarleton CollegeNorthfield

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