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Measurements

Career Decision-Making Profile (CDMP; Gati et al., 2010) - a 39-item self- report questionnaire based on Gati et al.’s (2010) multidimensional descriptive model of career decision-making (CDM). It assesses 12 dimensions (strategies) of the CDM process: Information gathering (comprehensive vs. minimal); Information processing (analytic vs. holistic); Locus of control (internal vs. external); Effort invested in the process (much vs. little); Procrastination (high vs. low); Speed of making the final decision (fast vs. slow); Consulting with others (frequent vs. rare); Dependence on others (high vs. low); Desire to please others (high vs. low); Aspiration for an ideal occupation (high vs. low); Willingness to compromise (high vs. low); and Using intuition (much vs. little). Each dimension is assessed with three statements on a 7-point Likert-type scale (1 = do not agree at all; 7 = highly agree). Adaptability of career decisionmaking strategies is the mean score on the following six dimensions: information gathering, locus of control, (-) procrastination, speed of making the final decision, (-) dependence on others, and (-) desire to please others. CDMP also includes a “warm-up” item and two validity items. Cronbach’s alpha for this study ranged a = .67 to .83 and for adaptability was a = .88.

Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS; Salovey et al., 1995) - a 30-item, self- report measure designed to assess individuals’ beliefs about attending to moods (Attention subscale, 13 items), clarity of their own experiences of mood (Clarity subscale, 11 items), and their efforts to repair mood states (Repair subscale, 6 items). Items are rated on a 5-point Likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree). Cronbach’s alpha for this study ranged a. = .71 to .84.

Decision Regret Scale (DRS; O’Connor, 1996) - a self-report measure that contains five items. Respondents are asked to reflect on a career decisionmaking process and indicate the extent to which they agree or disagree with statements on the regret scale by indicating the number from 1 (strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree). Cronbach’s alpha for this study was a = .81.

Satisfaction with Decision Scale (SfVDS; Holmes-Rovner et al., 1996) - a self-report measure that contains six items that assess respondents’ satisfaction with a career decision-making process, rated on a 1-5 scale (1 = strongly disagree; 5 = strongly agree). Higher scores indicate higher satisfaction with the decision-making process. Cronbach’s alpha for this study was a = .86.

Statistics

We used Pearson correlations for the assessment of relationships between variables as well as a mediation analysis to identify the size of the total, direct, and indirect effect of the independent variable (perceived El) on the dependent variables (regret over the decision-making process; satisfaction with the decision-making process) with the presence of a third variable as a mediator (adaptability of career decision-making strategies).

 
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