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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (6) : 1112-1124     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01112
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A Review of Career Decision-Making Difficulties
XIE Baoguo;XIA Mian
(1 Career Development Center, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, 430070, China) (2 Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430079, China) (3 Hubei Human Development and Mental Health Key Laboratory, School of Psychology, Central China Normal University,
Wuhan 430079, China)
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Abstract  The construct of Career decision-making difficulties was defined as the problems individuals would encounter in making their career decision. Career decision-making difficulties could affect the individual’s decision outcome in one of two possible ways: a) preventing the individual from making a decision; or b) leading to a less optimal decision. Career decision-making difficulties have been one of central research topics in career psychology. In present study, we reviewed the studies on career decision-making difficulties published during the period of 1980-2012, and presented the findings and issues in concept, typology, measurement, antecedents and intervention. Further, we suggested the directions for the future studies in this field: a) clearly defining the connotation and extension; b) reaching a consensus on the dimension; c) penetrating the mechanism; and d) strengthening the research on tailoring intervention of career decision-making difficulties.
Keywords career decision-making difficulties      typology      measurement.     
Corresponding Authors: XIA Mian   
Issue Date: 15 June 2013
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XIE Baoguo,XIA Mian. A Review of Career Decision-Making Difficulties[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(6): 1112-1124.
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