The effect of a career choice guidance on self-reported psychological problems

E. S. Kunnen*

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Late adolescents with career choice problems often have psychological problems as well. The starting point of this study was the question of career choice counselors whether potential clients with career choice problems and psychological problems could be accepted in career choice intervention, or whether it was better to advise them to seek help for their psychological problems. We investigated whether a successful career choice intervention reduced psychological problems, and whether this program was equally effective in participants with low and with high levels of psychological problems. Participants were 45 Dutch students (age 17-24) with career choice problems. They had above average levels of self-reported psychological problems before the start of the intervention. These problems decreased significantly following the intervention. With regard to vocational commitment development, the intervention was equally effective for participants with low or average and with (very) high levels of psychological problems before the start of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number547
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 4-Jun-2014


  • career choice problems
  • psychological problems
  • intervention
  • identity development
  • late adolescents

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