ERIC Number: ED250551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Career Indecision among Adolescent/College Students: A Literature Review and Suggested Interventions.
Ducote, Janice M.
A literature review was conducted to identify factors leading to career indecision among adolescents and college students and to examine existing programs designed to assist such students in selecting careers. According to the literature, many practitioners view career indecision as a normal task of development whereas others see indecision as related to serious psychological problems such as anxiety, self-perceptual difficulties, and externalized attributions. Several of those theories that postulate career indecision as a normal part of the development were reviewed. One of those theories, which views the decision-making process as extending over the individual's lifetime and as being composed of a period of anticipation and a period of implementation and adjustment, was used as the basis for the development of the following three goals for those individuals assisting students in the career decision-making process: (1) help students gain self-knowledge, (2) assist students in acquiring information about careers and alternatives open to them, and (3) aid students in their career preparation. Specific strategies for use in attaining these goals, as well as a list of works dealing with career indecision and career choice, are included. (MN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, College Students, Counseling Objectives, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, High School Students, Influences, Intervention, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).