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Influence of locus of control, perceived career barriers, negative affect, and hopelessness on career decision-making self-efficacy among Turkish university students

  • Ozlem UlasEmail author
  • İbrahim Yildirim
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Abstract

The variables affecting final-year undergraduate students’ career decision-making self-efficacy were explored in a group of 729 students across various departments of an urban university. A structural equation model was used to determine the variables that predicted students' self-efficacy in decision making, with results indicating that perceived career barriers exerted a significant and direct effect. The relationship between career barriers and career decision-making self-efficacy was significantly and partially mediated by hopelessness. The relationship between locus of control and career decision-making self-efficacy was significantly and fully mediated by hopelessness.

Keywords

Career decision-making self-efficacy University students School to work transition 

Résumé

Influence du locus de contrôle, des barrières professionnelles perçues, des affects négatifs et du désespoir sur l’auto-efficacité de la prise de décision professionnelle chez les étudiants universitaires turcs Les variables qui influent sur l’auto-efficacité de la prise de décision professionnelle des étudiants de dernière année de licence universitaire ont été explorées avec un groupe de 729 étudiants de divers départements d’une université d’une ville turque. La modélisation en équations structurelles a été utilisée pour déterminer quelles variables prédisaient l’auto-efficacité de la prise de décision des étudiants de premier cycle universitaire en dernière année. Les résultats indiquent que les barrières professionnelles perçues avaient une incidence significative et directe sur l’auto-efficacité de la prise de décision professionnelle, ainsi qu’indirectement à travers le désespoir. La relation entre le locus de contrôle et l’auto-efficacité de la prise de décision en matière de carrière était significativement et entièrement médiatisée par le désespoir.

Zusammenfassung

Der Einfluss von Kontrollüberzeugung, wahrgenommenen Laufbahn-Hindernissen, negativem Affekt und Hoffnungslosigkeit auf die Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung in Bezug auf Laufbahnentscheidungen bei Türkischen Studentinnen und Studenten Untersucht wurden Variablen, welche die Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung in Bezug auf Laufbahnentscheidungen von 729 Türkischen Bachelor-Studierenden verschiedener Departemente einer städtischen Universität im letzten Jahr ihres Studiums beeinflussen. Bestimmt wurde dies anhand von Strukturgleichungsmodellen. Die Resultate zeigen, dass die wahrgenommenen Laufbahn-Hindernisse einen direkten und signifikanten Einfluss auf die Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung in Bezug auf Laufbahnentscheidungen hatten. Die Beziehung zwischen wahrgenommenen Laufbahn-Hindernissen und der Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung wurde partiell und signifikant über Hoffnungslosigkeit vermittelt, während die Beziehung zwischen Kontrollüberzeugung und Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung vollständig und signifikant über Hoffnungslosigkeit vermittelt wurde.

Resumen

Influencia del Lugar de control, la percepción de las barreras de la carrera, el afecto negativo y la desesperanza en la autoeficacia en la toma de decisiones de carrera entre estudiantes universitarios turcos Se estudiaron las variables que afectan la autoeficacia en la toma de decisiones de carrera en un grupo de 729 estudiantes de último año de grado, estudiando en diversos departamentos de una universidad urbana. Se utilizó un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales para determinar que variables predecían la autoeficacia en la toma de decisiones de carrera de los estudiantes de último año de grado. Los resultados indicaron que las barreras de carrera percibidas afectaron directa y significativamente la autoeficacia en la toma de decisiones de carrera de los estudiantes de último año de grado. La relación entre las barreras de la carrera y la autoeficacia en la toma de decisiones de carrera estuvo significativamente parcialmente mediada por la desesperanza. La relación entre el lugar de control y la autoeficacia en la toma de decisiones de carrera estuvo significativamente y totalmente mediada por la desesperanza.

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was produced from a doctoral thesis titled “Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy: Testing a Model” and is supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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  1. 1.Psychological Counseling & Guidance ProgramGiresun UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Psychological Counseling & Guidance ProgramHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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