How secure internal working models of attachment relate to satisfaction with social supports and career decision self-efficacy

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dc.contributor.advisor Perrone-McGovern, Kristin M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Webb, Lillian K. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:16Z
dc.date.created 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2008 .W43 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181785
dc.description.abstract The present study considered the relationships between internal working models of adult attachment, satisfaction with social supports, and career decision self efficacy. Theoretical support was found within the context of Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1986) and Attachment Theory (Bowiby, 1 973 ; Hazen & Shaver, 1994). A conceptual model was proposed and tested using structural equation modeling to answer the research questions: is there a relationship between secure internal working models of attachment and career decision self efficacy, and if so, is the relationship between secure internal working models of attachment and career decision self efficacy partially mediated by satisfaction with social supports? A third research question was considered: are men and women similar in how they experience internal working models of attachment, satisfaction with social supports, and career decision self efficacy? Participants included 663 college-aged students (457 women; 206 men) from two Midwestern universities, with most being in their first or second year of college (72% freshmen/sophomores; 28% juniors or above). Alternate models for men and women were proposed and a multi-group analysis was conducted to determine if groups were similar. Results indicated that the groups were similar. Models were then combined for a comprehensive model representing both men and women. Findings indicated that there was a direct relationship between secure internal working models of attachment and career decision self efficacy and an indirect relationship that was partially mediated by satisfaction with social supports. Theoretical, research, and practice implications are discussed, as well as methodological limitations to the study. Future directions are offered. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
dc.format.extent ix, 101 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Attachment behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social networks. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vocational guidance -- Decision making. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Self-efficacy. en_US
dc.title How secure internal working models of attachment relate to satisfaction with social supports and career decision self-efficacy en_US
dc.title.alternative Secure attachment & career self-efficacy en_US
dc.description.notes "November 9, 2007"--Date on signature page.
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1409504 en_US


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