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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. (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)
  • Received:2012-09-14 Online:2013-06-15 Published:2013-06-15
  • Contact: XIA Mian

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.

Key words: career decision-making difficulties, typology, measurement.