Examining the career development exploratory tasks of urban minority youth: The application of a phenomenological variate of ecological systems theory (PVEST) perspective

Christopher William Ashford, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

The adolescent period continues to be a challenging phase of the life course. Irrespective of available economic resources, race, ethnicity and environmental supports, it is usually viewed as a burdensome period. The experience of adolescence is heavily dependent upon the character of the ‘early and middle’ childhood stages that undergird it. Similarly, the adolescent transition, as one moves toward adulthood, represents a period of normative stress. This stage has special preparatory and historical relevance as youths move into young adulthood and the world of work. For particular periods of the life course, such as adolescence, developmental phases and transitions are unusually vulnerable which makes prevention efforts more arduous although essential. Context quality and the importance of stable structural supports remain a priority consideration, regardless of the available economic resources. These themes are particularly relevant for youngsters deemed educationally and/or emotionally disabled. The responsibilities of maximizing youths' academic performance, smoothing their transition from the early teen years, throughout middle and secondary schooling and into post-secondary training, and introducing them to the world of work are daunting developmental tasks. A Phenomenological Variant of Ecological Systems Theory perspective is applied for guiding and interpreting the career development behavior of marginalized youth as they transition into adulthood roles. Students' perception of parental, community, and peer impacts along with work experiences are used to assess the career development behavior construct of work world exploration via the Start-on-Success Scholars Internship Program.

Subject Area

Developmental psychology|Educational psychology

Recommended Citation

Ashford, Christopher William, "Examining the career development exploratory tasks of urban minority youth: The application of a phenomenological variate of ecological systems theory (PVEST) perspective" (2000). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI9965437.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI9965437

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