Emotional and personality-related aspects of career decision-making difficulties: Facets of career indecisiveness

Itamar Gati*, Reuma Gadassi, Noa Saka, Yael Hadadi, Neta Ansenberg, Ronit Friedmann, Lisa Asulin-Peretz

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Abstract

The current study investigated the Emotional and Personality-related Career decision-making Difficulties model and questionnaire (EPCD) by studying its associations with various personality measures in three samples: (a) 691 deliberating individuals who entered a career self-help website, (b) 197 students in a university preparatory program, and (c) 286 young adults from the general population. As hypothesized, higher levels of emotional and personality-related career decision-making difficulties, as measured by the EPCD, were associated with higher levels of neuroticism, agreeableness, perfectionism, and need for cognitive closure, and lower levels of extraversion, openness to experience, and career decision self-efficacy. In addition, higher levels of these difficulties were associated with a more external locus of control (LoC), and with being less advanced in the career decision-making process.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • career counseling
  • career decision making
  • career indecision
  • career indecisiveness
  • cognitive closure
  • emotional and personality-related difficulties
  • locus of control

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