Date of Award

Spring 2008

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Loan T Phan


Emerging adulthood is becoming recognized in research as a unique developmental phase where young people explore role identity, relationships, values and beliefs, and their potential for different vocational pursuits. Career counseling is not often considered by individuals who are experiencing difficulties in making optimal career choices, yet evidence supports the need for career interventions that address both career search strategies and personal growth. Positive psychology's emphasis on developing one's strengths as a venue for career satisfaction and overall well-being is an approach that may best assist emerging adults to find out what they are good at doing, and develop positive self-efficacy about their strengths and abilities that can be transferred to more optimal career choices. The psycho-educational group model provides a basis for identifying strengths, and learning and practicing how to use them within a social context. Self-knowledge and confidence can then be applied to the career search process, leading to fewer job changes and a more focused career direction.