Coping with Career Indecision Among Young Adults: Implications for Career Counseling

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Making a career decision is a complex task that may result in indecision—a condition frequently associated with psychological distress and anxiety. Helping clients deal with indecision is an important challenge for career counselors. This chapter presents a career-specific coping model and a corresponding measure for assessing individuals’ strategies for coping with career indecision (SCCI). The major concepts of the model were adopted from previous theories of coping with stress. The SCCI model consists of 14 strategies that represent three coping styles: productive coping, support-seeking, and nonproductive coping. The chapter reviews the results of studies that tested the SCCI model, the relative effectiveness of the various strategies, and practical implications of using SCCI for assessment and measuring outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew perspectives on career counseling and guidance in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationbuilding careers in changing and diverse societies
EditorsValérie Cohen-Scali, Jerome Rossier, Laura Nota
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)9783319614762
ISBN (Print)9783319870878
StatePublished - 12 Oct 2017


  • coping effectiveness
  • career counselling
  • career assessment
  • career coping strategies
  • career indecision
  • career decision-making


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