Career decidedness as a predictor of subjective well-being

Title

Career decidedness as a predictor of subjective well-being

Creator

Uthayakumar R; Schimmack U; Hartung P J; Rogers J R

Publisher

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Date

2010
2010-10

Description

Forming, pursing, and achieving life tasks constitute important determinants of subjective well-being (SWB). A principal life task for emerging adults involves deciding about career goals. Prior research indicates that depression predicts SWB and may be linked to lower levels of career decidedness. We tested whether or not career decidedness predicts SWB above and beyond the influence of depression and other personality traits. We also examined whether or not career decidedness partially mediates depression's influence on SWB when controlled for personality effects. Undergraduate students (N =181; 65% female, 52% Asian) responded to measures of career decidedness. SWB, and personality. Results largely confirmed predictions. A partial mediator model indicated a direct relationship between decidedness and SWB not moderated by grade level, and an inverse relationship between the depression facet of neuroticism and both career decidedness and SWB. Findings further support career interventions to increase decidedness during the first year of college. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Subject

Big-five personality traits; Career decidedness; Career decision making; Career indecision; college-students; decisional process inventory; depression; happiness; indecision; model; personality; Psychology; satisfaction; Subjective well-being

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

196-204

Issue

2

Volume

77

Citation

Uthayakumar R; Schimmack U; Hartung P J; Rogers J R, “Career decidedness as a predictor of subjective well-being,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed October 18, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7380.

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