Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Among College Students with Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder

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Eric Landrum


Young adulthood is a time when college students make crucial life and career decisions. An estimated 2% to 4% of young adults pursuing a post-secondary education struggle with symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD) such as inattention and impulsivity, which pose difficulties for these college students that encounter transitional challenges and have difficulty maintaining academic demands. Career-decision self-efficacy (CDSE) is an individual’s belief in their ability to engage in educational planning and make career decisions (Betz & Luzzo, 1996). The present study will expand on my previous research regarding college students with ADD and examine the relationships between symptoms of ADD and CDSE. Data analysis will be conducted using structural equation modeling from previously collected data. This study consists of 257 participants. A questionnaire was used to determine how symptoms of impulsivity and inattention affect the ability to make career decisions. A self-report symptoms of ADD scale was used to measure inattention, impulsivity, and potential for emotional problems. Assessing inattention and impulsivity in relation to career-decision will provide additional insight of deficits in future career planning that college students’ with ADD struggle to achieve.

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