Exploring Career Maturity: A Comparison of Student-Athletes and Non-Athletes at a Division I Institution

Walter L. Tarver
2020 Journal of Applied Sport Management  
This quantitative study compared the career maturity of student-athletes and nonathletes at a Division I university, and assessed career maturity differences among student-athletes. Super's Theory of Career Development served as the theoretical framework, while the Career Maturity Inventory-Revised Attitude Scale (CMI-R/ AS) was utilized to collect data. Student-athletes were found to exhibit lower levels of career maturity than non-athletes. Among student-athletes, males scored lower on career
more » ... red lower on career maturity than females. Additionally, those identifying more closely with their athletic identities, those with higher aspirations to play professional sports, those with stronger beliefs in the likelihood that they would play professional sports, and those competing in revenue sports (football and men's basketball) had lower levels of career maturity. Finally, as year of athletic eligibility increased, student-athletes' career maturity increased.
doi:10.7290/jasm120101 fatcat:i3c4752snzhftp4v6ntfi776m4