Stress and Indecision of College Students
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Career Thoughts, Indecision, and Depression

Walker, Jerry V., and Gary W. Peterson. "Career Thoughts, Indecision, And Depression: Implications For Mental Health Assessment In Career Counseling." Journal Of Career Assessment 20.4 (2012): 497-506. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

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This study looked at the relationship between career indecision and symptoms of depression. The results indicated that dysfunctional career thoughts and career indecision were both related to symptoms of depression. This empirical study was effective in observing the effects that career indecision has on college students since all of the participants were college students taking a career development course. More importantly, the author also emphasizes the importance of being able to detect and deal with emotional distress in order for students to be given reliable counseling and advice when choosing a career or major.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 1:10 PM
Good summary; now how do you plan on using the source?
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Dispositional Resistance to Change and Occupational Interests and Choices

Rottinghaus, Patrick J., Nicholas Jenkins, and Amanda M. Jantzer. "Dispositional Resistance To Change And Occupational Interests And Choices." Journal Of Career Assessment 17.3 (2009): 312-323. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

Ashley Lim's insight:

This empirical study observed how individuals with certain kinds of jobs had different views on changing their careers. It was found that their occupational interests and top job choices depended on how likely they were to resist change. Other psychological studies, in support of these results, showed that “the ability to accept change is considered a necessary response to global competition” (Herr & Cramer, 2004). Overall, this research suggests a possible solution to reducing the amount of stress a student influences as a result of difficult career-making decisions.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 1:11 PM
This journal appears to be one you will return to again and again. Good!
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Emotional and Personality-Related Aspects of Career-Decision-Making Difficulties

Saka, Noa, Itamar Gati, and Kevin R. Kelly. "Emotional And Personality-Related Aspects Of Career-Decision-Making Difficulties." Journal Of Career Assessment 16.4 (2008): 403-424. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

Ashley Lim's insight:

This research resulted in the development of a theoretical framework for analyzing the aspects of career decision-making difficulties that might be related to emotion and personality. It identified relationships between those difficulties and behavioral criteria that include pessimistic views, anxiety, self-concept, and identity. The study was empirical and involved an American college student sample. Also, several other psychological studies were mentioned as support. Altogether, this research paper serves as a concrete explanation of how career decision-making difficulties and emotional distress are related.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 1:13 PM
What else do you know about the source? Anything worth pointing out in terms of ethos?
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A Major Decision

Ezarik, Melissa M. "A Major Decision." Career World 35.6 (2007): 20-22. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

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This article is about how college students should choose their majors. The author suggests that students go for a general field of study since “people change their minds about their careers all the time” (Ezarik 22). In support of this, the article quotes the statements of the career services directors of Central Michigan University and Michigan State University. Also, the experiences of students attending those universities are used as real-life examples. As a result, this article shows what advice most college students are given when deciding what major to study and/or what career to pursue.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 1:12 PM
Looks like some good anecdotal evidence to include in the Narration section of your final essay.
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Emotional and Personality-Related Aspects of Career Decision-Making Difficulties: Facets of Career Indecisiveness

Lisa Asulin-Peretz, et al. "Emotional And Personality-Related Aspects Of Career Decision-Making Difficulties: Facets Of Career Indecisiveness." Journal Of Career Assessment 19.1 (2011): 3-20. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

Ashley Lim's insight:

This research study observed university students and adults of the general public to see what kinds of behaviors were associated with career decision-making difficulties. The results indicated that those associated behaviors were higher levels of anxiety and perfectionism and lower levels of open-mindedness to new experiences. These results are reliable because they came from an empirical study and its collected data. Also, other psychological studies are mentioned in the text as further support of the results. These facts and figures serve as proof that there is a link between the indecisiveness of making life-changing decisions and emotional distress.

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