A scale of educational-vocational undecidedness: A typological approach

Samuel H. Osipow, Clarke G. Carney, Azy Barak

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A scale designed to measure and identify antecedents of educational-vocational indecision was administered to a variety of college student groups expected to differ in career-decidedness. Results indicate that the scale is reliable, appears to discriminate career-decided from career-undecided students, and is responsive to interventions designed to alleviate educational-vocational indecision. A factor analysis of the scale yielded four factors: need for structure, perceived external barriers, positive choice conflict, and personal conflict. The instrument has potential for diagnostic, criterion, and conceptual purposes related to career indecision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-243
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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