Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Psychology: Clinical-Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Margaret M. Nauta


This thesis reports the results of a study exploring the role of work volition in the relations of health-related symptomatology and perceptions to the short-term career outcomes of major satisfaction, leadership aspirations, educational persistence intentions, and real/ideal career discrepancy. The responses of 366 college students to an online survey revealed that illness perceptions and the number of unhealthy days out of the last 30 were significantly related to work volition. Work volition was significantly related to all four short-term career outcomes. Path analyses showed that work volition was a mediator between unhealthy days and all four short-term career outcomes, which provides support for a meditational model of health limitations, work volition, and career outcomes. Lower work volition may serve risk factor for students with health related challenges, and career counselors and other providers should consider the constraints that college students with chronic illnesses face when conducting career assessment and counseling. Limitations and future directions will be discussed


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