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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Attachment, Career self-efficacy, Emotional intelligence|
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