ERIC Number: ED415356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
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The Effects of Social Support and Self-Esteem on Career Indecision: A Cross-Cultural Comparison between Two Groups of Undergraduate Students.
Arce, Elsa M.
A study between college students from two different cultural and social backgrounds who were undecided about careers assessed levels of indecision, social support, and self-esteem. The context for the study was career indecision research showing that cultural values and specific characteristics of Hispanics and Latinos were deeply rooted in their social and cultural traditions. A demographic questionnaire, Career Decision Scale (CDS), Self-Esteem Inventory--Adult Form (SEI), and the Social Support Scale (SSS) gathered information from 140 undergraduate students at counseling centers at the University of Pittsburgh (n=69) and the Universidad del Pacifico, Peru (n=71). Statistical analyses included Pearson-Product Moment Coefficients, multiple regression analyses, and t-tests. Findings indicated a positive correlation between the variables of social support and self-esteem, amd career indecision for both groups. Analyses of the variables of social support and self-esteem as predictors of career indecision found no significance for Pittsburgh participants; for Peru participants, 29 percent of the indecision variance could be attributed to social support and self-esteem. The groups were similar when comparing social support and self-esteem, but the Pittsburgh sample showed more career indecision. Lack of career choices available in the Peruvian educational system and cultural characteristics for selecting specific professional degrees may be related to the career decision making of Peru students. (37 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Decision Making, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Self Esteem, Social Support Groups, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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