Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 1245–1252 | Cite as

Attaining Career Decision Self-Efficacy in Life: Roles of the Meaning in Life and the Life Satisfaction

  • Serkan V. SariEmail author


The present study examines the roles of the meaning in life and the life satisfaction on university students’ Career Decision Self-Efficacies (CDSE). Turkish university students [n = 440, 332 females (75.5%) and 108 males (24.5%)] aged 18–21 years [the mean age of 20.90 years (sd = 1.97)] were recruited from a state university located in the Eastern Black Sea Region in Turkey through a convenient sampling method. In the study, The Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale- Short Form (Işık 2010), the Meaning in Life Scale (Demirbaş 2010) and the Life Satisfaction Scale (Köker 1991) were used as instruments. The collected data were analyzed through the Pearson product-moment correlation co-efficient technique and multiple linear regression analysis. Pearson correlations revealed that life satisfaction (r = 0.446, p < 0.01) and the meaning in life (r = 0.167, p < 0.01) were positively related to CDSE. Also, multiple linear regression revealed that life satisfaction and the meaning in life are significant predictors of CDSE.


Career decision Self-efficacy The meaning in life Life satisfaction 



First, we would like to acknowledge the research assistance, who helped us for the data collection, of Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department. For the data analyses, we thank the Measurement and Evaluation Department academics of Recep Tayyip Erdogan University for their ideas during the process. We thank all the students who are the volunteers at the departments for their research participation. Lastly, we thank School of Education Dean Office of Recep Tayyip Erdogan University for their help.


This study was not funded.

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Ethical Statements

All the procedures performed in studies involving the participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all the individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

Author A declares that there is no conflict of interest. Author B declares that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological Counseling and GuidanceRecep Tayyip Erdogan UniversityRizeTurkey

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