Adaptation of career goals to self and opportunities in early adolescence

Hirschi, Andreas; Vondracek, Fred W. (2009). Adaptation of career goals to self and opportunities in early adolescence. Journal of vocational behavior, 75(2), pp. 120-128. Academic Press 10.1016/j.jvb.2009.05.005

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Development of career goals that are adapted to self and opportunities is a central component of adolescent career preparation. The present longitudinal study (conducted throughout the eighth grade with three assessment points) investigated how 330 Swiss adolescents simultaneously adapt career goals to interests, scholastic achievement and environmental opportunities. Results demonstrated that students increasingly adapt their goals to the environment. Mean adaptation to environment related positively to degree of adaption to interests and achievement. Increased adaptation to environment over time related to increased adaptation to achievement but to decreased adaptation to interests. Gender, attended school type and nationality moderated adaptation processes. Structurally disadvantaged students (girls, lower requirements school track, immigrant students) reported more conflict in aligning adaptation to environment with adaptation to interests.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0001-8791

Publisher:

Academic Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2015 11:58

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jvb.2009.05.005

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Career goals, Vocational aspirations, Adolescence, Goal adaptation, School-to-work transition

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.64668

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64668

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