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Temas em Psicologia

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CAMPOS, Roberta Ramazotti Ferraz de  and  NORONHA, Ana Paula Porto. The relationship between career indecision and dispositional optimism in adolescents. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.1, pp. 219-232. ISSN 1413-389X.

Assist young people in understanding the difficulties in career decision for him to perform a mature and well-adjusted choice is an important goal of the Vocational Guidance (VG). This paper intended to relate vocational indecision and optimism in young learners and students of high school/Technical. Participated 250 young people attending courses in technical and vocational education, concomitantly (Group 1) or not (Group 2), the High School. The instruments used were the Inventário de Levantamento das Dificuldades da Decisão Profissional (IDDP) and Revised Life Orientation Test Brasil (LOT-R Brasil). Negative low correlations between factors related to vocational indecision and optimism were observed. The groups differed in relation to three factors IDDP, and Group 2 had higher averages for these results. Regarding gender, men had higher scores than women in two factors of IDDP, scores than women in two factors of IDDP, showing a tendency to greater difficulties in the decision making process by a profession. The results demonstrated that the levels of optimism were higher than the pessimism, and that professional indecision is present in more pessimistic individuals, suggesting that more secure individuals are better prepared to make the choice of a profession.

Keywords : Optimism; career indecision; teens; psychological assessment; vocational guidance; positive psychology.

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