Beyond logic and intuition: Development and validation of a career discernment scale

Jeffrey Yip, Haoxiong Li, Ellen A. Ensher, Susan E. Murphy

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Past research on career decision-making has focused on two distinct modes of decision-making: logic and intuition. In this study, we extend that two-system model of career decision-making and examine the role of two additional decision-making modalities: advice seeking and spiritual discernment. We conducted two independent studies through which we develop and validate a Career Discernment Scale by examining its dimensions and internal reliability (Study 1), followed by research to establish discriminant and convergent validity (Study 2). Results provide initial support for the dimensionality and reliability of four distinct career decision-making factors, demonstrated by a clear factor structure and internal consistency. In addition, our results show evidence of convergent and discriminant validity through expected correlations across a nomological network of individual differences. Overall, this article highlights the unique role of spirituality and advice seeking in career decision-making with implications for career development and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Career Development
Early online date24 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jan 2020


  • career decision-making
  • spirituality
  • relationships
  • intuition
  • logic

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