Peeling Back the Onion: Personality, Problem Solving, and Career Decision-Making Style Correlates of Career Indecision Academic Article uri icon


  • A model to predict affective and informational antecedents of career indecision was proposed. The model attempted to explicate paths between personality dispositions, appraisal of problem-solving skills, career decision-making styles, and antecedents of career indecision. Both personality and coping constructs were posited to examine the relative contribution of dispositional and perceived skill variables. Using a college student sample, results from a path analysis indicated that the disposition of neuroticism was a powerful predictor of perceived problem-solving skills, a dependent decision- making style, and both affective and informational antecedents of career indecision. The predicted effects of the coping constructs were of a much smaller magnitude. Directions for future research are discussed and several suggestions for career counseling assessment and intervention selection are made.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Career Assessment

author list (cited authors)

  • Chartrand, J. M., Rose, M. L., Elliott, T. R., Marmarosh, C., & Caldwell, S.

citation count

  • 90

complete list of authors

  • Chartrand, Judy M||Rose, Melissa L||Elliott, Timothy R||Marmarosh, Cheri||Caldwell, Susan

publication date

  • January 1993