In this study, researchers tested the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral program for nursing students’ career attitude maturity, decision making style, and self-esteem. The participants were 40 nursing students, 20 of whom were randomly assigned to the experimental group, and 20 of whom were randomly assigned to a control group. The students in the experimental group received 8 hour-long sessions of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) over 8 weeks. Data indicated that the experimental group’s mean score for career attitude maturity and self-esteem increased greatly as compared to the control group. This comparison was especially stark in the areas of confidence and independence. Based on their results, the researchers recommend that CBT group counseling programs on career maturity be implemented for nursing students.
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