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ERIC Number: ED523906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 115
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-0810-1
The Influence of Contextual Barriers and Coping Efficacy on the Career Interest/Choice Goal Relationship
Kirkland, Amanda Netterville
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Houston
The purpose of this study was to examine (1) if barriers moderate the relation of career interests to career goals, (2) if coping efficacy moderates the relation of barriers to career goals, and (3) to what extent coping efficacy mediates the relation of barriers to career goals. Hierarchical regression analyses were used to examine these effects in the relation of interests, perceived barriers, and coping efficacy to academic and career goals. Participants in the study were community college students. The following instruments were used to assess the constructs of interest: (1) Perception of Barriers scale (Luzzo and McWhirter, 2001), (2) Coping with Barriers (CWB) scale (Luzzo and McWhirter, 2001), (3) a measure of career interest developed by Lent, Brown, Nota, et al. (2003), (4) and a measure of career consideration (goals) developed by Lent et al. (2003). For the overall sample, coping efficacy was not found to moderate or mediate the relation of educational barriers to choice goals. Also, educational barriers did not moderate the interest/goal relation. However, there was a direct positive correlation between educational barriers and academic goals for Holland's Artistic, Social, and Conventional themes. Because the primary analyses offered very few findings as expected, exploratory analyses were conducted with career barriers and coping efficacy that are specifically relevant for females and African Americans. Analyses with only the African American females and with both African American and Caucasian females revealed that coping efficacy did not have a moderating or mediating effect on the career barrier/goal relation nor was there evidence for a moderating effect of career barriers on the interest/goal relation. For the African American participants (both male and female) no evidence was found for a mediating effect of coping efficacy on the career ethnic discrimination barrier/goal relation. However, coping efficacy moderated the relation of career ethnic discrimination barriers to choice goals only for the Social theme. Also, career ethnic discrimination barriers moderated the relation of interests to goals only for the Enterprising theme. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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