A quantitative analysis investigating career decision-making difficulties, self-efficacy and ego identity status among college students

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Hurley, Lydia
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The present study was designed to gain further insight into the relationship between career-making difficulties, self-efficacy and ego identity status. Past research investigating these variables has indicated that self-efficacy and ego identity status are significant predictors in career-making difficulties. Through the use of quantitative techniques, this research tested both undergraduate and postgraduate students (N=115); 46 (40%) were male and 69 (60%) were female. A correlational design was implemented to compare the similarities and differences between the variables. Demographic variables were also measured, including student type, gender and study type. The main findings of this research highlight significant relationships between career decision-making difficulties and college self-efficacy; ego identity status and career decision-making difficulties; and generalised self-efficacy and career decision-making difficulties.