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ERIC Number: EJ871485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0894-8453
Separation-Individuation, Exploration, and Identity Diffusion as Mediators of the Relationship between Attachment and Career Indecision
Downing, Haley M.; Nauta, Margaret M.
Journal of Career Development, v36 n3 p207-227 2010
The purpose of this study was to test the fit of a theoretical model in which separation-individuation, career exploration, and identity diffusion were specified as mediators of the relationship between attachment functioning (anxious and avoidant) and career indecision (informational and personal-emotional). Structural equation modeling (SEM) with latent variables was used to examine the fit of the model to self-report data provided by college students (N = 285). The model provided a good fit to the data, with most theorized paths being significant and in the predicted direction. However, expected paths between separation-individuation and the career-related variables were not significant, raising questions about this construct as a mediator of attachment-career indecision relationships. Implications for future research and for intervention are presented. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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