Factors that influence career decision-making among elite athletes

Fogarty, Gerard J. and McGregor-Bayne, Heather (2008) Factors that influence career decision-making among elite athletes. Australian Journal of Career Development, 17 (3). pp. 26-38. ISSN 1038-4162

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Abstract

A common belief about elite athletes is that they invest so much effort into the pursuit of their athletic careers that they fail to develop good career decision-making skills. Recent findings challenge that belief. The present study investigated career decision-making difficulties among 117 elite Australian athletes. Participants completed adapted versions of the Career Decision-Making Difficulties Questionnaire, the Athlete Identity Measurement Scale, the Career Decision-making Self-efficacy Short Form, and the Work Locus of Control Scale. These elite athletes showed no evidence of career decision-making difficulties. Combinations of this set of variables accounted for 35% of the variance in decision status and 20% of the variance in career decision-making difficulties. Career decision-making self-efficacy was a major contributor in both instances. Internal locus of control was also identified as a desirable characteristic in the context of career decision-making. The implications of these findings are discussed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Prof. Gerry Fogarty
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2008 11:45
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 07:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: career decision making; elite athletes; locus of control; self-efficacy
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/103841620801700306
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4578

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