Choosing a High School Major: An Important Stage in the Career Development of Israeli Adolescents

Dikla Brown, Rachel Gali Cinamon*

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Knowledge regarding the process of academic decision making in high school is limited. The current study focuses on self-efficacy in selecting a high school major, outcome expectations from this decision, and their correlation with future study plans. Participants were 680 Israeli Jewish adolescents (M = 16.1, SD = 0.43). Findings suggest that adolescents have higher crystallization regarding their academic choices in high school compared to their future academic choices. Higher self-efficacy beliefs in selecting a high school major are associated with a higher degree of crystallization of current and future academic decisions. Furthermore, high self-efficacy beliefs strengthen academic success motivation and the belief in the probability of achieving the desired outcomes from the selected major. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-644
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • adolescents
  • career development
  • decision making
  • high school major
  • high school transition
  • outcome expectations
  • self-efficacy


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