Antecedents and consequences of career decisional states in adolescence: A longitudinal study

Creed, Peter, Prideaux, Lee-Ann, & Patton, Wendy A. (2005) Antecedents and consequences of career decisional states in adolescence: A longitudinal study. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 67(3), pp. 397-412.

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This longitudinal study tested students in Grade 8 and again in Grade 10 on career (maturity, barriers, indecision, decision-making self-efficacy), well-being (self-esteem, life satisfaction, coping) and social (school achievement, paid work experience) variables. Students were allocated to decided or undecided conditions at T1, T2 and across T1-T2, based on self-reported global decidedness ratings. As predicted, the undecided students had poorer career, well-being and social outcomes than the decided students at T1 and T2. The undecided group was also less likely to report having paid work-experience at T1, and to be overrepresented by females at T2. Students who were undecided at T1 and T2 (i.e., continuously undecided) fared poorer than students who were decided at T1 and T2 (continuously decided) and students who changed decision status from T1 to T2 (i.e., developmentally undecided). Females were more likely to be continuously undecided, although continuously undecided males were more complacent and more likely to use maladaptive strategies than females. Implications of being temperamentally versus developmentally undecided are discussed.

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ID Code: 1819
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: career development
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2004.08.008
ISSN: 0001-8791
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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