Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The moderating effects of emotional intelligence on the relationship between parental attachment and career decision self-efficacy
by Dvorak, Marek Cermin, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, 2014, 161; 3644102
Abstract (Summary)

The moderating effect of emotional intelligence on the relationship between parental attachment levels and career decision self-efficacy (CDSE) beliefs in university students was investigated. The hierarchical regression model identified the predictive role of emotional intelligence on career decision self-efficacy in university students (N = 214). Emotional intelligence accounted for 30% of the variance in CDSE. Individuals with higher levels of emotional intelligence indicated higher career self-efficacy beliefs. Parental attachment levels, secure or insecure, were not predictive of career self-efficacy beliefs, and emotional intelligence was not found to be a moderating variable. Avoidant maternal attachment level as well as avoidant and anxious parental attachment levels were negatively correlated to CDSE. Insecure individuals were associated with lower career self-efficacy beliefs. Additionally, attachment theory and trait emotional intelligence theory were conceptually liked to social cognitive career theory (SCCT). Support for attachment and emotional intelligence as a person inputs within SCCT was provided. Practice implications for vocational and career counselors are discussed. Results highlighted the importance of addressing emotional intelligence within a counseling context. Self-efficacy and emotional intelligence enhancing counseling modalities were explored.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wright, Stephen L.
Commitee: Lalonde, Trent, Softas-Nall, Basilia C., Woody, William
School: University of Northern Colorado
Department: Applied Psychology & Counselor Education
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Career self-efficacy, Emotional intelligence
Publication Number: 3644102
ISBN: 978-1-321-32153-1
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