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Title: Parent-involved career exploration : the experience of adolescents and parents
Author: Penner, Kurt S.
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Counselling Psychology
Copyright Date: 1997
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of students and parents who participated in an innovative, brief technique in career counselling. Eight high school students in grades 10 and 11 who received one session of a Parent Involved Career Exploration (PICE) intervention with a career counsellor were interviewed; six involved parents were interviewed as well. This study utilized a phenomenological approach to investigate students' and parents' experience of the PICE session and their perspectives on its impact on student career development over the ensuing six months. Participants' interpretations were grouped into eight themes: Goals, evaluation of session process and content, impact on career perspective and actions, impact on family dynamics, attributions for change, and direct suggestions for improvement of PICE. Results indicated most participants related their participation in the PICE session to small, but practical, gains in career development; gains were often related to beliefs and perspectives participants felt were more productive. Since this approach appears to merit further attention, implications for practice and further research are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/6357
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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