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ERIC Number: EJ1048788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Examining Career Readiness and Positive Affect in a Group of College Students with Disabilities: A Pilot Study
Sears, Susann Heft; Strauser, David R.; Wong, Alex W. K.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v27 n3 p307-319 Fall 2014
Data were collected from 47 college students with disabilities at a large Midwestern university using the Career Thoughts Inventory ([CTI]; Sampson, Peterson, Lenz, Reardon, Saunders, 1996) and the Positive and Negative Affect Scale ([PANAS]; Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988). Initial results revealed no significant differences for CTI total, Decision-Making Confusion (DMC), and Commitment Anxiety (CA) subscales when compared to the normative samples of the CTI. However, significant differences were found for the External Conflict (EC) subscale. Results further indicated that individuals who were identified as having the highest level of dysfunctional career thoughts were also found to have significantly higher levels of negative affect and lower levels of positive affect. Overall, the results of this pilot study provide support for the need to address career thoughts in college students with disabilities and the impact of affect on their career decision-making process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Career Thoughts Inventory