Anne Holloway

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Donald Witters

Degree Award Date

Spring 1992


Self-Esteem, Career Indecision, freshmen college students, educational aspirations, grade point average, Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory, Career Decision Scale


Human Factors Psychology | Psychology


Seventy-one subjects, 40 male and 31 female, participated in a study investigating the relationships between self-esteem and career certainty, educational aspirations, and grade point average. All subjects completed the Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory (MSEI), the Career Decision Scale, and a questionnaire designed to measure educational aspirations. Relationships had been found to exist in previous studies between global self-esteem and each of the following: career decision/ indecision, educational aspirations and grade point average. Thus, it was hypothesized that relationships would also be found between these variables and various dimensions of self-esteem as measured by the MSEI. As predicted, significant correlations were found between certain dimensions of self-esteem and career decision/indecision, educational aspirations, and grade point average. These results illustrate the information to be gained by conceptualizing self-esteem as a multidimensional concept rather than simply a global concept.