Creator

Dylan Firsick

Advisor

Wright, Stephen L.

Committee Member

Johnson, Brian D.

Committee Member

Henderson, Angie C.

Committee Member

Packard, Josh

Department

Applied Psychology & Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

7-21-2016

Genre

Thesis

Extent

288 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Emphasizing purpose and meaning in work, career calling has experienced substantial growth in vocational research among college students due to beneficial effects on academic and life satisfaction. Application of vocational theory is needed and this study investigated calling from an integrated social cognitive career theory (SCCT) and attachment theory perspective. Using structural equation modeling in a sample of 433 students, competing theoretical models were tested. The alternative model best fit the data, finding anxious and avoidant attachment to have direct negative effects on career decision self-efficacy (CDSE), and college adjustment, and indirect negative effects on life satisfaction. Avoidant, but not anxious, attachment had a direct negative effect on career calling, which subsequently had direct positive effects on CDSE and college adjustment. CDSE and college adjustment both had positive direct effects on life satisfaction and mediated the positive effect of career calling. These results constitute original findings linking attachment and career calling, while also supporting the integration of career calling and SCCT. Insecure attachment may cause barriers to career calling development, CDSE, and college adjustment, while career calling may improve these variables and indirectly benefit life satisfaction among college students. Results may be particularly relevant to counseling psychologists and providers in university counseling. Theoretical, research, and practical applications are discussed.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Rights Statement

Copyright belongs to the author.

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