Title

Construction of the Community and Personal Satisfaction Scale: A Sense of Vocation and Identity in College Students

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

In previous literature, vocation has been discussed in terms of religiosity or an occupational goal. The goal of the current study was to create a measure of vocation that does not assume religious belief and is not limited to an occupational goal. Therefore, I created the Community and Personal Satisfaction Scale (CPSS) which assesses the extent to which one approaches one’s major life decisions with the perspective that these decisions will provide a sense of self-fulfillment by combining one’s self-interests with giving of oneself to benefit the needs of others. Participants (N = 200) completed this scale as well measures of intrinsic motivation and altruism and the Sense of Vocation Scale (SVS; Nocks & Angliss, 2001). Results revealed significant positive correlations between the CPSS, intrinsic motivation, altruism, and SVS. Thus, the combination of fulfilling one’s self-interests and benefiting others appears to measure vocation. Results did not reveal significant relationships between the CPSS, year in college, and gender.

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