Dimensions of Career Indecision

Fred W. Vondracek, Michelle Hostetler, John E. Schulenberg, Kazuaki Shimizu

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Recent studies have clarified the factor structure of the Career Decision Scale (CDS; Osipow, 1980), thereby permitting the construction of 4 linearly independent scales to measure dimensions of career indecision. The CDS was administered to 465 junior and senior high school students. The study examined whether the CDS total score and the 4 subscales were related to the students' career decision status, grade level, and gender. Data were collected twice, 6 months apart, to study whether changes in decision status were accompanied by changes in the CDS total score and the 4 subscales and whether these changes differed according to gender or grade level. In addition, a subsample was followed for 3 years to examine long-term change. The results demonstrated the utility of using factor-based subscales to create a typology of career indecision. Many significant differences on the various indecision scales were found to be due to gender and to career decision status but not to grade level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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