Ambiguity Tolerance With Career Indecision: An Examination of the Mediation Effect of Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy

Hui Xu, Terence Tracey

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The mediation of career decision-making self-efficacy on the link of ambiguity tolerance (AT) with career indecision was examined in a sample of college students (N = 253). It was hypothesized that AT could help reduce career indecision through increasing career decision-making self-efficacy, where this effect would vary by different types of indecision. Results supported the differential mediation hypothesis, finding that career decision-making self-efficacy mediated the link of AT with lack of motivation, general indecisiveness, lack of information, and inconsistent information. The mediation effect of career decision-making self-efficacy on the link of AT with lack of motivation was relatively weak. The implications of this study are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-532
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015



  • ambiguity tolerance
  • career counseling
  • career decision-making self-efficacy
  • career indecision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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