ERIC Number: ED456606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-14
Self-Efficacy and Career Choice among Students with Physical Disabilities in Postsecondary Education.
ElHessen, Souraya Sue
This paper discusses the findings of a study that explored the role of self-efficacy and career decision-making in students with physical disabilities engaged in the career planning process. The relationships of career decision-making self-efficacy to adjustment of disability, severity of disability, and career exploration behaviors were examined in 128 students with physical disabilities attending two two-year colleges and one four-year college in California. Findings revealed that, as predicted, students with physical disabilities who scored high on career decision-making self-efficacy engaged in more career exploration behaviors. As hypothesized, there was a positive correlation between adjustment to disability and career decision-making self-efficacy. Severity of disability was a significant predictor of levels of career decision-making self-efficacy and adjustment to disability. There were no significant differences in levels of career decision-making self-efficacy among students in two-year colleges and those in the four-year college. Implications for career counseling practice and suggestions for future research are discussed. Career counselors are urged to use performance accomplishments, vicarious learning or modeling, anxiety management techniques, and verbal persuasion encouragement to generate intervention programming designed to promote career search self-efficacy expectations and evaluate their effectiveness. (Contains 17 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).