Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicting Career Decision Self-Efficacy among Veterans of the U.S. Military
by O'Connor, Christopher Michael, Psy.D., Capella University, 2020, 121; 27995176
Abstract (Summary)

Previous research has addressed the challenges faced by veterans transitioning out of the military and back into the community, but little is known about the possible connection between veterans’ transition experiences and their social cognitive processes, career development, and career advancement. Additionally, there is limited empirical research on the impact of the transition experience among those who have served in the U.S. military, especially when exploring their transition into civilian employment (Freytes et al., 2013; Kleykamp, 2013; Robertson & Brott, 2013). The purpose of this study was to apply Bandura’s social cognitive career theory as a means to examine how intent to engage in civic action, current employment status, educational level, and age affected veterans’ career decision self-efficacy. Data were collected from 99 veterans: men (n = 43), women (n = 55), while one participant preferred not to answer (n =1). This sample was gathered from a national database of veterans, with prior U.S. military service, was provided by the third party data collection agency Qualtrics. Participants completed a demographic measure, the Civic Action subscale from the Civic Attitudes and Skills Questionnaire, and the Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form. This study used a non-experimental research design to predict career decision self-efficacy. Results indicated that veterans who were more willing to participate in civic action had higher levels of career decision self-efficacy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hughes, Kathleen
Commitee: Contreras, Carlos, Linnville, Steven
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Organizational behavior, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Age, Career decision self-efficacy, Education level, Employment status, Military, Veterans
Publication Number: 27995176
ISBN: 9798641558585
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