Career decision making difficulties of adolescent boys and girls

Albion, Majella J. (2000) Career decision making difficulties of adolescent boys and girls. Australian Journal of Career Development, 9 (2). pp. 14-19. ISSN 1038-4162


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The Career Decision Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ; Gati, Krausz, & Osipow, 1996) was administered to investigate for gender differences in career decision making difficulties faced by young people. As well as assessing their level of difficulties according to the three subscales of the CDDQ – Lack of Readiness, Lack of Information, and Inconsistent Information, measures were also obtained of students’ undecidedness, their satisfaction with their decisional status, and their confidence in their current career choice. The sample consisted of 347 Australian high school students (199 females, 148 males) from single-gender and coeducational schools in a regional city in South-East Queensland. No gender differences were found in overall levels of career decidedness, although boys reported a higher level of career knowledge, and girls indicated that they were more motivated and more flexible with regard to careers. Type of school attended had little impact on the outcomes measured in this study, with the only difference being that students at single-gender schools were more undecided than students from coeducational schools.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This journal is available online. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record. Final and authorised version first published in the Australian Journal of Career Development in Volume 9, Number 2, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Copyright 2000 Australian Council for Educational Research.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:16
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: career decision making, decision difficulties
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology

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