Contextual themes in career decision making of female clients who indicate depression

Margaretha S. Lucas, Cheri Timko Skokowski, Julie R. Ancis

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Difficulties concerning female counseling center clients' career decision making were explored in this qualitative study. The authors reviewed counseling intake and progress notes of 18 female students who sought counseling services at a university counseling center and who presented career concerns and reported feeling depressed. Most women in this study described their career decision-making difficulties in the context of relationships with their parents or significant others. Both external (i.e., family relationships, family and culture, and relationships with significant others) and internal (i.e., developmental, developmental and mental health issues, and skill deficits) conditions emerged as significantly affecting these women's career decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-325
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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