Friday, 1 March 2013

Career Indecision Versus Indecisiveness: Associations With Personality Traits and Emotional Intelligence

Annamaria Di Fabio and Letizia Palazzeschi (University of Florence, Italy), Lisa Asulin-Peretz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) AND Itamar Gati (Hebrew University, Israel) published in Journal of Career Assessment Volume 21 Number 1 (February 2013)


The goal of the present study was to investigate the distinctions between career indecision and indecisiveness.

The different patterns of the associations between career indecision and indecisiveness, on one hand, and personality traits, career decision-making self-efficacy, perceived social support, and emotional intelligence, on the other, were studied in a sample of 361 university students.

The results showed that career indecision, as measured by the Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire, is most highly associated with emotional intelligence, whereas career indecisiveness, as measured by the Indecisiveness scale, is most highly associated with personality traits, and in particular with emotional stability.

This pattern of results was obtained for both women and men; however, the prediction was stronger for indecision (R 2 = .76 and .55, for women and men, respectively) than indecisiveness (R 2 = .35 and .28, for women than for men, respectively).

Possible explanations of these differences are discussed.

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