Title

Understanding Commitment: Relations Between Major Commitment, Satisfaction, Involvement, Fit, University Commitment, and Intention to Quit

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2018

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Various factors have shown to relate to different forms of career commitment (i.e., affective, continuance, and normative commitment). Commitment has been associated with intent to remain within a profession or organization, suggesting that commitment is an important component of career retention. Correspondingly, commitment to one’s academic major may also provide information about university retention. The current study examined fit (e.g., objective and subjective), attitudes (e.g., organizational commitment, satisfaction, involvement, and intention to quit), and demographic (e.g., semesters in major) factors that have been previously related to career commitment to investigate the construct of major commitment of undergraduate students (N = 303). Using canonical correlation analysis, several significant relationships were found with approximately 69% and 67% of the shared variance between the three forms of major commitment and other variables for Black and White students, respectively, being explained.

Publication Title

Journal of Career Development

Volume

45

Issue

2

First Page

166

Last Page

182

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