Naveeda Athar

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Giordano, Francesca G.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Women's studies; Educational psychology; Minorities--Study and teaching; Higher education


This dissertation reports the results of an investigation into the effects of a career counseling intervention on enhancing the career decision-making self-efficacy and reducing career-related barriers in the lives of newly immigrated South Asian women. Participants for the study were drawn from the Chicago area. Each participant was a new immigrant to the United States within the last five years, had a professional background from their countries of origin, and had been unemployed for at least last six months. Data were gathered from 17 participants for six consecutive weeks. Pre intervention assessments were conducted in session number one. Post interventions assessments were conducted in the two-week follow-up session. Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale Short Form (CDMSES-SF) and Barriers to Employment Seeking Inventory (BESI) were the pre intervention and post intervention assessments. CDMSES-SF and BESI were analyzed by using SPSS paired sample t-tests. Significant differences were found between the pre intervention and post intervention results. Participants who had a higher ESL score were able to gain employment faster than the ones whose ESL scores were lower. Implications for professional counselors and future research are noted in the conclusion.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-112)


vii, 153 pages




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