An exploration of the relations between dispositional traits, cognitive flexibility and job search self-efficacy

PhD by Publication

Roux, Etienne Roux. 2023. An exploration of the relations between dispositional traits, cognitive flexibility and job search self-efficacy. PhD by Publication Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.

An exploration of the relations between dispositional traits, cognitive flexibility and job search self-efficacy

TypePhD by Publication
AuthorsRoux, Etienne Roux
1. FirstProf Gavin Beccaria
2. SecondProf Peter McIlveen
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages192
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
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In today’s increasingly complex employment market, cognitive flexibility emerges as a critical attribute for individuals to adapt and thrive. Despite efforts to understand the relationships among dispositional traits, learning experiences, job search self-efficacy (JSSE), and job search behaviours, cognitive flexibility remains underexplored. This doctoral research thesis “by publication” proposes the Cognitive Flexibility Job Search Self-Efficacy (CF-JSSE) model in a conceptual paper and reports on tests of its hypothesized paths in three empirical studies. The first two studies are methodological in nature and provide essential groundwork for understanding and addressing the nuances of cognitive flexibility’s measurement; thus, these studies lay the foundation for the final study testing the CF-JSSE model. The CF-JSSE model suggests cognitive flexibility as a vital process moderating relationships between dispositional traits and JSSE, as well as learning experiences and JSSE. The first study (n = 249) explored differences in cognitive flexibility outcomes from neuropsychological tests administered online and in-person. The second study (n = 92) examined the performance outcomes of these cognitive flexibility tests on different devices (e.g., Apple MacBook, Windows laptop, Apple iPhone or iPad, Android phone or tablet). Findings reveal significant differences in results depending on administration mode and device used. The final study (n = 138) examined the CF-JSSE model, showing preliminary support for cognitive flexibility's moderating role between dispositional traits and JSSE. Overall, these contributions provide both theoretical insights and practical guidance for enhancing job seekers' self-efficacy and success.

Keywordsonline neuropsychological testing; cognitive flexibility; job search self-efficacy; dispositional traits; social cognitive career theory; Trail Making Test; Wisconsin Card Sorting Test
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
520302. Clinical psychology
520304. Health psychology
520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
520108. Testing, assessment and psychometrics
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