Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services - Urban Education

Committee Director

Garrett McAuliffe

Committee Member

Julie R. Ancis

Committee Member

Beth B. Bangley

Committee Member

Raymond H. Kirby


Variation in mood states over time and the relationship between mood states and career decision making self-efficacy in young adolescents were investigated using the Profile of Mood States (POMS), the Multiple Affect Adjective Check List - Revised (MAACL-R), the Rotter's IE locus of control test, and the Career Planning Confidence Scale (CPCS). These tests were administered twice a week for six weeks. A correlational analysis was performed. The results showed a higher correlation between mood state measures as the subjects' moods varied over time than between either mood measure and locus of control which did not covary with either of these measures. There was also a high correlation between all of the measures of positive mood included on both the POMS and the MAACL-R and the total measure of career decision making self-efficacy computed from the CPCS. Additionally, there was a significant correlation between the sensation seeking measure (MSS) of the MAACL-R and each of the five separate measures of career decision making self-efficacy included on the CPCS, that is, readiness to make a career decision (CR), self-assessment (CSA), information seeking (CIS), deciding (CD), and implementing your decision (CI). Thus, while the subjects' moods did vary over time and both the POMS and the MAACL-R were sensitive to those changes, career decision making self-efficacy also appeared to vary with changes in positive mood states.


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