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An Analysis of Career Thinking and Career Interests of Incarcerated Males




Derzis, Nicholas

Type of Degree



Rehabilitation and Special Education


Individuals with barriers to employment such as people with disabilities or people who transition from prison to the community face different challenges in navigating the world of work. Participants in this study were incarcerated males who self reported disability status and other demographic information. This study examined the relationships among positive or negative career thoughts and career interests with the Career Thoughts Inventory and the Self-Directed Search. Results of this study provide a rich description of the sample and indicate statistically significant relationships among participant’s generational affiliation and the Career Thoughts Inventory subscale Commitment Anxiety. Statistically significant relationships were also identified among participant’s race and the dominant career interest code as measured by the Self-Directed Search.