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Perspectives on Donald Super's Construct of Career Maturity

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The evolution of Donald Super's construct of Career Maturity (CM) is traced from the Career Pattern Study of the 1950s to the innovative research of the Work Importance Study in the 1980s. Successful attempts to establish the portability of the CM construct across countries, particularly in Canada and Australia, are described. An overview of instruments derived from Super's theories about career development and maturity is presented, together with an overview of research on the correlates of CM. Reference is made to implications of changes over time in the nature of work and the nature of careers for Super's theories. As others have recognised, evolving changes in these areas mean that theories, to remain relevant, also need to evolve. The article includes discussion of some of the dimensions identified more recently as useful in explaining career development levels and patterns, including career indecision and work role salience.

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Patton, W., Lokan, J. Perspectives on Donald Super's Construct of Career Maturity. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance 1, 31–48 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1016964629452

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