The Investigation of the Vocational Expectations, Decision-Making Competencies, Social Supports and Career Stress of Speech and Language Therapy Students in Turkey

Uysal H. T., Atila Çağlar N., Çıldır B.

11th European Congress of Speech and Language Therapy , Salzburg, Austria, 26 - 28 May 2022

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Salzburg
  • Country: Austria
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


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.