The mediating effects of career indecision subtypes on career-counseling effectiveness

Azy Barak, Rivka Friedkes

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The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that career indecision subtypes serve as a mediating variable in regard to career-counseling effectiveness, and to an attempt to detect two other mediators, i.e., individual- versus group-counseling modes and direct versus indirect test interpretation. In a pre-post design conducted on 149 undergraduate clients who went through a standard counseling process it was found that: (a) Different subtype groups gained differentially in their career decidedness; clients who "lack structure" gained the most from the treatment while clients who "perceive external barrier" and who experienced "personal conflict" gained the least, (b) Neither counseling mode nor test interpretation directiveness had significant effects or interactions with career decidedness. It was proposed that career counseling should be conducted with different contents rather than processes in order to benefit clients with various problem types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1982
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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