Psychological correlates of career choice of in-school adolescents with hearing impairment in south-South, Nigeria
Ubani, Samuel Nwakaku
The study investigated psychological correlates of career choice of in-school adolescents with hearing impairment in south-south, Nigeria. The descriptive survey research design of correlational type was adopted for this study. The population for this study comprised all adolescents with hearing impairment in the selected public senior secondary schools in six states in south-south, Nigeria. These young individuals in the schools, age ranged 10 and 19 years, experience between mild to moderate hearing loss whose condition plays a negative role in their choice of profession or vocation. The sample for the study comprised ninety-five (95) adolescents with hearing impairment who were drawn from six secondary schools in south-south. The researcher adopted multi-stage sampling technique to select the schools for the study. This study utilized four instruments for the collection of data. They are Career choice factors of High School Students by Michael Borchert (2002), Morgan-Jinks Academic Efficacy Scale by Morgan and Jinks (1999), Locus of Control Scale by Rotter (1996), and Self-concept Scale by Liu and Wang (2005). Pearson product correlation was used to answer the research questions while the r coefficient value was subjected to critical alpha level of 0.05 to test all the hypotheses. The results of the study were that; self-concept, academic self-efficacy, and locus of control significantly correlated with career choice of in-school adolescents with hearing impairment. Based on the findings of the study, three recommendations were made among which is that students should be encouraged to become more rational in their everyday activities and express strong beliefs as related to career issues in other to provide the opportunity for personal and cognitive development in career decision making, etc.