11th European Congress of Speech and Language Therapy , Salzburg, Austria, 26 - 28 May 2022
Background: University students may have characteristics such as career stress and insufficient self-efficacy in their careers. Although career-related studies have been conducted with Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) students in other countries, there is no detailed study examining the relationships between these characteristics in Turkey.
Objectives: 1) To investigate the effect of Socioeconomic Status (SES) on vocational expectation, decision-making competencies, social supports, and career stress. 2) To examine the relationship between social support and other career factors specified.
Methods: The authors used a cross-sectional questionnaire design. The 83 students who agreed to participate filled out the questionnaires. The Demographic-SES information form, Career Stress Scale, Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale, Vocational Outcome Expectations Scale, Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale were administered. The authors gathered data online from participants. The statistical analyses performed with SPSS 24.00 programme.
Results: A Positive relationship was found between multidimensional perceived social support and career decision self-efficacy, vocational outcome expectation (p<0.05). The results show that SES groups did not make a significant difference in self-efficacy on career decision, social support, career stress, and vocational outcome expectation (p>0.05).
Conclusions: It is concluded that the career-related factors of SLT students in the sample, unlike general university students, were not affected by low-intermediate-high-level SES groups.The results of this study support that as SLT students' social support increases, their vocational expectations, career decision-self-efficacy increase, and their career stress decreases.