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This study is the first to empirically explore the potential role that vocational hope serves in the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994). Vocational hope was proposed as a mechanism through which at-risk youth could develop a positive future orientation, an essential component of the career development process (Brown, Lamp, Telander, & Hacker, 2012). Measures assessing vocational hope, hope related self-efficacy beliefs, hope related outcome expectations, and educational and occupational goals were completed by 147 diverse adolescents. Structural equation modeling partially supported vocational hope serving as a partial mediator of the relationships between self-efficacy beliefs and outcome expectations to educational and occupational goals. Theoretical and clinical implications for hope related variables are described. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

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