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Academic Support Services and Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy in Student Athletes


concerning this article should be addressed to Gary N. Burns, Department of Psychology, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435 (e-mail:


This study examined the relationship between evaluations of academic support services and student athletes’ career decision-making self-efficacy. One hundred and fifty-eight NCAA athletes (68% male) from 11 Division I teams completed measures of satisfaction with their academic support services, career decision-making self-efficacy, general self-efficacy, and locus of control. Results indicated that evaluations of academic support services were positively related to levels of career decision-making self-efficacy. In addition, this relationship was moderated such that student athletes with lower levels of general self-efficacy and internal locus of control benefited more from positive experiences with academic support services. Limitations and implications are discussed.