Emotional and personality-related aspects of career-decision-making difficulties

Noa Saka, Itamar Gati*, Kevin R. Kelly

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Abstract

This research focuses on developing a theoretical framework for analyzing the emotional and personality-related aspects of career-decision-making difficulties. The proposed model is comprised of three major clusters: pessimistic views, anxiety, and self-concept and identity. In Study 1, the Emotional and Personality Career Difficulties Scale (EPCD) was developed, refined, and used to empirically test the model with an Israeli Internet sample (N = 728). Study 2 (N = 276) provided evidence for the cross-cultural validity of the proposed model, using an American college student sample. The relations between the cognitive and emotional components of career-decision-making difficulties are discussed, and theoretical, research, and counseling implications are explored.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)403-424
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • Career choice
  • Career decision making
  • Career decisions
  • Career indecision
  • Career indecisiveness
  • Difficulties in career decision making
  • EPCD
  • Emotional and Personality Career Difficulties Scale
  • Indecisiveness

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