Strategies for Coping With Career Indecision During the College-to-Work Transition: Concurrent and Predictive Validity

Yuliya Lipshits-Braziler*, Hedva Braunstein-Bercovitz, Nitzan Kapach-Royf

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Abstract

The goal of the present research was to test a model of strategies for coping with career indecision during the college-to-work transition and its accompanied measure (the Strategies for Coping with Career Indecision–College-to-Work Transition Questionnaire [SCCI-CWTQ]), as predictors of career choice-related outcomes. Study 1 (N = 522) supported the psychometric properties of the SCCI-CWTQ in a sample of college seniors and confirmed the model’s hierarchical structure with three coping styles: productive, support-seeking, and nonproductive styles. Study 2 (N = 659) tested the concurrent and incremental predictive validity of the SCCI-CWTQ. The results showed that productive coping style was positively associated with a sense of coping efficacy, career decision status, and career choice satisfaction 1 year following graduation, whereas using a nonproductive coping style was negatively related to those outcomes and positively associated with career decisional distress. Theoretical as well as practical implications pertaining to career decision-making during the college-to-work transition are suggested.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)440-456
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • career indecision
  • college-to-work transition
  • nonproductive coping style
  • productive coping style
  • support-seeking coping style

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