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Career decidedness, meaning in life, and anxiety: A mediation/moderation model
by Miller, Aaron D., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2011, 100; 1514295
Abstract (Summary)

This focus of the current study is the role of meaning in life with respect to career decision and anxiety. It was hypothesized that: (1) There is a negative correlation between career decidedness and anxiety; (2) Meaning in life mediates the relationship between career decidedness and state anxiety; and (3) The relationship between career decidedness and state anxiety will be moderated by the search for meaning in life. Participants consisted of undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university. Measures include: the Career Decision Scale (CDS; Osipow et al., 1976), the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ; Steger et al., 2006), and the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety (STICSA; Ree et al., 2000). The results indicate that the presence of meaning in life mediates the relationships between career decidedness and anxiety. However, the results did not support the hypothesis that the search for meaning in life moderates the relationship between career decidedness and anxiety. Future research and practical implications are also discussed.

Keywords: meaning in life, career decision, anxiety, college students

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rottinghaus, Patrick J.
Commitee: Etcheverry, Paul, Swanson, Jane
School: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, Career decision, College students, Meaning in life
Publication Number: 1514295
ISBN: 978-1-267-45188-0
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