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Unpacking the role of self-esteem in career uncertainty: a self-determination perspective

Lin, Shin-Huei, Wu, Chia-Huei and Chen, Lung Hung (2015) Unpacking the role of self-esteem in career uncertainty: a self-determination perspective. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10 (3). pp. 231-239. ISSN 1743-9760

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17439760.2014.950178


The aim of this study is to explain why students with high self-esteem have lower career uncertainty than students with low self-esteem. Based on self-determination theory, students with high self-esteem would have higher efficacy in making decisions, which would encourage them to choose a major for self-concordance, such as interest and ability, and increase their course involvement. Both factors are assumed to be related to lower career uncertainty. Data from a national survey of the Taiwan Higher Education Database within the Survey Research Data Archive from juniors at 92 colleges and universities in Taiwan (N = 7418) were analyzed to examine the model. Results supported the proposed model by showing that students with high self-esteem had lower career uncertainty because they chose a major for self-concordant reasons and had a strong motivation to learn, both of which contribute to lower career uncertainty.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 13:49
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:14
Projects: 100-2410-H-179 -007, 101-2410-H-179-003, 102-2410-H-179-003
Funders: Ministry of Education, Taiwan, National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

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