Discusses the development, rationale, and use of J. O. Crites's Career Maturity Inventory (CMI), formerly the Vocational Development Inventory. The instrument conceives of occupational choice as a process which progresses through distinct periods. The Attitude scale surveys involvement in the career choice process, work orientation, independence in decision-making, preference for career choice factors, and conceptions of career choice. The Competence Test measures 5 cognitive variables (self-appraisal, occupational information, goal selection, planning, and problem-solving). Internal consistency estimates for the Attitude scale averaged .74 and test-retest reliability (1 yr; 1,648 6-12th graders) was .71. Only internal consistency data are available for the Competence Test (.70-.80). The test manual, methods of scoring, validity data, interpretation of the student profile, and possible uses of the CMI are discussed. (29 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- internal consistency & test-retest reliability & development, Career Maturity Inventory as profile measure of career choice, 12th graders