Applying Social Cognitive Theory to Interest in Research among Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students: A Path Analysis

Rosean M. Bishop, Kathleen J. Bieschke

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Abstract

In this study, the R. W. Lent, S. D. Brown, and G. Hackett (1994) social cognitive model of interest development was applied to the prediction of interest in research. Participants included 184 counseling psychology doctoral students. Results of a path analysis indicated that 5 variables were significant predictors of interest in research: research outcome expectations, research self-efficacy beliefs, investigative interests, artistic interests, and age. In addition, several factors indirectly affected interest in research through effects on research self-efficacy - the research training environment, Holland Investigative interests, and year in program. Research training environment, Holland Investigative interests, and research self-efficacy beliefs also had an impact on interest in research indirectly through their effects on research outcome expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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