Positive Affect and Career Decision-Making: The Moderating Role of Interpersonal Spin

In Jo Park, Shenyang Hai*, Jos Akkermans, Marijke Verbruggen

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We investigated the moderating role of interpersonal spin in the relationships between positive affect, career decision self-efficacy (CDSE), and career indecision among young adults (16 women, 79 men). Interpersonal spin was calculated using the diary method, wherein students reported their daily interpersonal behaviors for 14 consecutive days. Results indicated that positive affect was positively associated with CDSE and negatively associated with career indecision. Interpersonal spin diminished the positive relationship between positive affect and CDSE and the negative relationship between positive affect and career indecision. Our findings extend prior studies by uncovering the influence of positive affect and behavioral stability, including interpersonal spin, on the career decision process. Counselors are encouraged to foster individuals' positive affect and reduce their interpersonal spin to obtain positive career outcomes, such as high CDSE and low career indecision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-62
Number of pages14
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date4 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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  • career decision self-efficacy
  • career indecision
  • interpersonal spin
  • positive affect
  • young adults


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