School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Rebecca Lunde


Career Satisfaction, Parental Expectations, Post-Secondary Choice, Social Cognitive Career Theory


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Other Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


Parental involvement is a driving force in guiding the post-secondary plans of high school students. Although there are current studies that examine the link between parental involvement and the choice of secondary students to pursue college as well as parental involvement and students’ future career choice decisions, little research is available addressing whether parental involvement influences students to pursue careers contrary to the students’ wishes. Research shows that as students move into middle and high school, parental involvement in the form of parental expectations becomes important and often guides much of students’ decision making. This correlational study sought to determine if parental involvement could predict the post-secondary choices of high school seniors in a Southwest Louisiana parish. The study examined if a predictive relationship existed using data collected from 153 high school seniors from two high schools located in a Southwest Louisiana parish. The Career Related Parent Support scale was used to measure the amount of perceived parental support, and the My Vocational Identity scale was used to measure students’ overall satisfaction and assurance of their career choices. The intended method of data analysis was the Pearson’s Product Moment r, but the dataset did not meet the assumption of bivariate normal distribution, therefore Spearman’s rho correlation coefficient was the method of data analysis.