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ERIC Number: ED551683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-1212-4
An Examination of Guided Imagery and Its Relationship to Self-Efficacy and the Implications for Employability in College Graduates Seeking Employment
Goins, Robin R.
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The study examined the relationship between Guided-Imagery (GI) and Self-Efficacy (SE) as means to better understand how GI techniques affect SE levels, particularly in relation to career related performance. The use of GI has been found to elicit a state of relaxation where a deep level of focus is achieved which some would call an altered state of consciousness, and which coupled with specific thoughts and visual images has been found to affect the conscious and subconscious mind. This state of consciousness is also referred to as a mind-body connection that can manifest itself in our behavior, which includes job and employment outcomes. A quasi-experimental design using a quantitative method of analysis was used, with a pretest-posttest controlled experimental research design, and independent ANOVA was used for this study to examine the relationship between guided-imagery and career development SE in college undergrads seeking employment. The sample used for the study was fifty (n = 50) recent college undergrads, ages 18-30 years of age and the CDSES-SF (Betz & Taylor, 1996) were chosen for this study because its primary measurement is career decision SE. The pretest mean scores for the treatment group ranged from 3.74 to 3.89 and posttest mean scores ranged from 4.44 to 4.57, as compared to the control group over a two week period; with pretest mean scores ranging from 3.78 to 4.03 and posttest mean scores ranging from 4.07 to 4.14. The results of the study support that there is a significant increase in the subscales and overall CDSE and also showed that there is also a significant increase between the treatment and control groups throughout the five subscales levels and overall levels of SE. Results of this and other studies have clearly shown that Guided-Imagery (GI) is an effective tool in increasing Self-Efficacy levels and overall performance in those who use it. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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