Predictive Validity of Career Decision-Making Profiles Over Time Among Chinese College Students

Lin Tian, Yanjun Guan, Sylvia Xiaohua Chen, Nimrod Levin, Zijun Cai, Pei Chen, Chengfeng Zhu, Ruchunyi Fu, Yang Wang, Shu Zhang

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Two studies were conducted to validate the Chinese version of the Career Decision-Making Profiles (CDMP) questionnaire, a multidimensional measure of the way individuals make career decisions. Results of Study 1 showed that after dropping 1 item from the original CDMP scale, the 11-factor structure was supported among Chinese college students (N = 334). Results of Study 2 (N =372) replicated this factor structure and revealed that the CDMP accounted for 25% and 32% of the variances in participants' career decision-making efficacy and career decision-making difficulties, respectively, across a time lag of 2 months. Among the CDMP dimensions, comprehensive information gathering, analytic information processing, greater speed of making the final decision, internal locus of control, and less dependence on others were the most significant predictors of positive career-related outcomes. These findings carry implications for career decision-making research and counseling practices in different cultural groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-300
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • career decision-making difficulties
  • career decision-making efficacy
  • career decision-making profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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