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Relationships Among Negative Career Thoughts, Profile Elevation, Differentiation, Career Decidedness, and Satisfaction with Choice

Title: The Relationships Among Negative Career Thoughts, Profile Elevation, Differentiation, Career Decidedness, and Satisfaction with Choice.
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Name(s): Chason, Ashley K., author
Sampson, James P., Jr., professor co-directing dissertation
Lenz, Janet, professor co-directing dissertation
Schatschneider, Chris, university representative
Pfeiffer, Steven, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study investigated the relationships among negative career thoughts and profile elevation, differentiation, career decidedness, and satisfaction with choice. Study participants were 226 university students enrolled in an Introduction to Career Development course. The Career Thoughts Inventory (CTI) was used to measure negative career thoughts, the Self-Directed Search (SDS) was used to measure profile elevation and differentiation, the Occupational Alternatives Question (OAQ) was used to measure career decidedness, and the Satisfaction with Choice item was used to determine participants' level of satisfaction with their first career choice. A series of multiple regression analyses were conducted to determine the amount of variance accounted for by negative career thoughts (decision-making confusion, commitment anxiety, and external conflict) in profile elevation, differentiation, career decidedness, and satisfaction with choice. Negative career thoughts were found to account for a significant amount of variance in profile elevation, career decidedness, and satisfaction with choice. In addition, exploratory analyses were conducted to examine the interaction of decision-making confusion, commitment anxiety, and external conflict on the criterion variables. No significant interaction effects were found for the analyses with profile elevation or differentiation as the criterion variables. With regard to career decidedness, a significant three-way interaction was indicated, and the three main effects and three two-way interactions as a set were significant with satisfaction with choice as the criterion variable. Results of this study support the inverse relationship between career decidedness, satisfaction with choice, and negative career thoughts. Findings suggest the need to fully explore negative thinking that interferes with clients making effective career decisions.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3876 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: July 6, 2010.
Keywords: Negative Career Thoughts, Profile Elevation, Differentiation, Decidedness
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: James P. Sampson, Jr., Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Janet Lenz, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Chris Schatschneider, University Representative; Steven Pfeiffer, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3876
Owner Institution: FSU

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Chason, A. K. (2011). The Relationships Among Negative Career Thoughts, Profile Elevation, Differentiation, Career Decidedness, and Satisfaction with Choice. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3876