The Relationship Between Emotional Autonomy, Functions of Identity and Career Adaptability in Psychological Counselor Candidates: The Mediating Role of Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy
In this study, the mediating role of career decision-making self-efficacy in the relationship between career adaptability and emotional autonomy and functions of identity psychological counselor candidates who are students of psychological counseling and guidance undergraduate program at the university was examined. The sample of the research consists of 384 psychological counselor candidates studying at state universities. In the study, "Career Adaptability Scale", "Emotional Autonomy Scale", "Functions of Identity Scale", "Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy Scale" were used and data was collected using a personal information form created by the researcher. The theoretically constructed model was analyzed by Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and bootstrapping technique. According to SEM results, career adaptability is affected directly by emotional autonomy and functions of identity and at same time it is influenced through career decision-making self-efficacy as a mediating variable. The established model was validated by both direct and mediating effects between variables. The results and limitations of the study were discussed within the framework of the past studies.