Doctor of Philosophy
Date of Defense
Dr. Mark Pope
Dr. Cody Ding
Dr. Phillip Waalkes
Dr. Hemla Singaravelu
The present study explored the predictive abilities of hope, acculturation to American culture, acculturation to the home culture, and English language proficiency to career decision self-efficacy for East Asian international students in the United States who are originally from China, South Korea, and Japan. A total of 167 international students from China, South Korea, or Japan participated in this study. This study used a correlational design to measure the relationship between four predictor variables, including hope, acculturation to American culture, acculturation to the home culture, and English language proficiency and an outcome variable, career decision self-efficacy, among East Asian international students in the United States. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlations, and a four-step hierarchical regression analysis were conducted to test four study hypotheses. The findings indicated that East Asian international students with higher levels of hope, acculturation to American culture, and English language proficiency tend to have higher levels of confidence in completing career decision-related activities. Hope was the strongest predictor in predicting East Asian international students’ career decision self-efficacy in the present study. Hope made a unique contribution in explaining 31.9% of the variance in career decision self-efficacy. Hope and English language proficiency together accounted for 34.8% of the variance in career decision self-efficacy. In addition, all main predictor variables were found to have significant and positive relationships with career decision self-efficacy except the acculturation to the home culture variable. Limitations, implications for counseling, and recommendations for future research were discussed.
Ai, Yang, "Hope, Acculturation, and English Language Proficiency in the Career Decision Self-Efficacy of East Asian International Students" (2020). Dissertations. 981.
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