The role of ambiguity tolerance in career decision making

Hui Xu, Terence Tracey

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Abstract

The role of ambiguity tolerance in career decision making was examined in a sample of college students (n. = 275). Three hypotheses were proposed regarding the direct prediction of ambiguity tolerance on career indecision, the indirect prediction of ambiguity tolerance on career indecision through environmental and self explorations, and the moderation effect of ambiguity tolerance on the link of environmental and self explorations with career indecision. Results supported the significance of ambiguity tolerance with respect to career indecision, finding that it directly predicted general indecisiveness, dysfunctional beliefs, lack of information, and inconsistent information, and moderated the prediction of environmental exploration on inconsistent information. The implications of this study are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume85
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Ambiguity tolerance
  • Career counseling
  • Career exploration
  • Career indecision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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