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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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VALE, Carolina Lopes do  and  SILVA, José Manuel Tomás da. Validity evidences of a measure of career decision-making difficulties. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2019, vol.20, n.2, pp. 57-70. ISSN 1984-7270.

Emotional and personality-related career decision-making difficulties are one of the most severe vocational problems and have significant consequences for career intervention. The purpose of this study was to obtain validity evidences (construct validity) about the scores derived from the Emotional and Personality-Related Career Decision-Making Difficulties Scale (EPCD), through the analysis of their associations with an adaptability, anxiety, optimism and vocational identity. The structural validity of the responses was examined using an exploratory factor analysis (EFA). The sample consisted of 231 Portuguese students. EPCD correlated positively with anxiety and negatively with adaptability, optimism and vocational identity. Multivariate analyses revealed that vocational identity and trait anxiety had a major contribution in predicting EPCD scores in the different models tested (Mdn R2adjusted = .49). The EFA revealed that the subscale scores are structured on the three main factors defined for the EPCD. The implications of outcomes for career intervention are discussed.

Keywords : emotions; personality; EPCD; career indecision; validity.

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