Keywords

career decision-making, CDM, Career Decision Diagnostics Assessment, CDDA, gender-differentiated career counseling, counseling, gender

Abstract

The authors investigated gender differences in psychological problems in the career decision-making (CDM) process of young adults. Specifically, problems with decision anxiety, life-goal awareness, luck-fate orientation, authority orientation, and secondary gain motivation were investigated. Methodology involved administering the Career Decision Diagnostics Assessment (CDDA) instrument to 1,006 college students from four universities. Results indicated no gender differences in global levels of problems in CDM. Women reported more problems with life-goal awareness and authority orientation than did men. Men reported more problems with secondary gain motivations than did women. The results are discussed in terms of implications for gender-differentiated career counseling.

Original Publication Citation

Larson, J. H., Butler, M. H., Wilson, S., Medora, N., & Allgood, S. (1994). The effects of gender on career decision problems in young adults. Journal of Counseling and Development, 73 (September/October), 79-84.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1994-9

Publisher

Journal of Counseling and Development

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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