Hope as a resource for career exploration: Examining incremental and cross-lagged effects

Hirschi, Andreas; Abessolo, Marc; Froidevaux, Ariane (2015). Hope as a resource for career exploration: Examining incremental and cross-lagged effects. Journal of vocational behavior, 86, pp. 38-47. Academic Press 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.10.006

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Hope is believed to be beneficial for vocational pursuits, but the question of how and why hope is related to pivotal career development variables remains largely unaddressed. In a series of three studies, we investigated the relationship between hope and career exploration. Study 1 examined at-risk adolescents (N = 228) in Switzerland and showed that hope explains variance in career exploration beyond the significant effects of generalized self-efficacy beliefs and perceived social support. Study 2 found the same result among a group (N = 223) of first-year students at a Swiss university with a measure of state hope. Study 3 applied a one-year cross-lagged design with a diverse group of students (N = 266) at a German university to investigate the mutual effects of dispositional hope and career exploration over time. Although both variables were found to be related within and over time, we could not confirm lagged effects in either direction. The results suggest that hope is significantly correlated with career exploration because both are related to personality and social–contextual variables.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas


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




Academic Press




Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

29 Jul 2015 15:47

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:48

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Hope, Career exploration, Self-efficacy beliefs, Social support





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