This research was supported by National Science Foundation Grant CNS-0420365.
The Influence of Proactive Personality and Coping on Commitment to STEM Majors
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
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The Career Development Quarterly
Volume 60, Issue 1, pages 16–24, March 2012
How to Cite
Major, D. A., Holland, J. M. and Oborn, K. L. (2012), The Influence of Proactive Personality and Coping on Commitment to STEM Majors. The Career Development Quarterly, 60: 16–24. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2012.00002.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Received 12/06/10, Revised 03/29/11, Accepted 03/29/11
Despite increasing demand for workers in fields that are grounded in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), retention rates are low among relevant college majors. Using Web-based survey data from 290 STEM majors, the authors investigated links among personality, coping strategies, and STEM major commitment. Proactive personality was positively related to STEM major commitment and to the active planning coping strategy and negatively related to behavioral disengagement. Active planning was positively related to commitment to STEM majors and behavioral disengagement was negatively related to the outcome. Coping strategies fully mediated the relationship between proactive personality and commitment to STEM majors.