Psychological Well-Being and Career Indecision in Emerging Adulthood: The Moderating Role of Hardiness

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Abstract

This study investigated the moderating role of hardiness in the relationship between psychological well-being (PWB) and career indecision in 131 never-employed Italian emerging adults. Cluster analytic methods produced high and low hardiness profiles. A structural equation modeling analysis underscored the importance of hardiness for moderating the negative association between PWB and career indecision. Specifically, findings revealed that being hardy is a crucial relevant personal resource in the presence of lower levels of PWB. The authors discuss the importance of analyzing simultaneously the role of PWB and hardiness in promoting engagement in the career decision-making process and provide implications for setting up appropriate career counseling interventions with emerging adults. Suggestions for future research are presented, such as the use of longitudinal designs and qualitative methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-396
Number of pages10
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Volume64
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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