A path analysis of effects of the career locus of control dimensions and career decision self-efficacy on career aspiration

Muna Al-Bahrani*, Yousef Abu Shindi, Suad Allawati, Bakkar Bakkar

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This study examined the mediating role of career decision self-efficacy in the relationship between career locus of control and career aspiration. A 9-item Career Aspirations Scale, 31-items Career Locus of Control Scale, and 24-item Career Decision Self-Efficacy Short Form were administered to 2700 students from grades 10 to 11 studying in high schools. Path analysis results indicated that a positive direct effect of the internal locus of control on career aspiration and a negative direct effect of powerful others on career aspiration. Internal control, luck, and powerful others explained 43% of the variation in career decision self-efficacy. The results showed a positive direct effect of career decision self-efficacy on career aspiration. All together internal control, luck, powerful others, and career decision self-efficacy explained 42% of the variation in career aspiration. Implications were discussed to enhance internal locus of control and career self-efficacy among students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-375
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Career aspiration
  • career decision self-efficacy
  • career locus of control
  • high school students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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