Self-determination, Dispositional Optimism and Career Choice Readiness in Adolescents

Nabila Imtiaz (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The aim of present study was to investigate the relationship between self- determination, dispositional optimism and career choice readiness in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between self-determination, dispositional optimism and career choice readiness. Moreover, self-determination and dispositional optimism would  predict  the  career  choice  readiness.  Correlational research design and convenient sampling technique were used to collect data from 200 adolescents N = 200 (n = 100 girls, n = 100 boys) from private school and college of Lahore with age range of 14 to 17 years. The research instruments included Self-Determination Scale (Sheldon & amp; Deci, 1996), Life Orientation Test-Revised (Scheier & amp; Carver, 1985) and Career Maturity Inventory-C (Crites & amp; Savickas, 2011). Correlation analysis was used to see relationship, regression analysis was used to see prediction and independent sample t-test was also used to find gender differences regarding study variables. The results revealed that there was positive relationship between self-determination and career choice readiness and there was a negative correlation between dispositional optimism and career choice readiness. Self-determination and dispositional optimism predicted career choice readiness. Moreover, girls showed high career choice readiness than boys. This study placed the base for future findings and information about the relationship of self- determination, dispositional optimism and career choice readiness.

Keywords: Self-determination, dispositional optimism, career choice readiness.

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