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Career decision self-efficacy and life satisfaction in China: an empirical analysis

Jiang, Zhou, Hu, Xiaowen, Wang, Zhongmin and Jiang, Xuan 2015, Career decision self-efficacy and life satisfaction in China: an empirical analysis, Social indicators research, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1007/s11205-015-1201-5.

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Title Career decision self-efficacy and life satisfaction in China: an empirical analysis
Author(s) Jiang, Zhou
Hu, Xiaowen
Wang, Zhongmin
Jiang, Xuan
Journal name Social indicators research
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 0303-8300
Keyword(s) Career decision self-efficacy
Information gathering self-efficacy
Goal planning self-efficacy
Problem solving self-efficacy
Person–environment fit
Life satisfaction
Summary Focusing on the Chinese context, the present study took a pioneering step to examine the relationship between career decision self-efficacy (CDSE) and life satisfaction. Employing a three-dimensional CDSE model, which includes goal planning selfefficacy (GPSE), information gathering self-efficacy (IGSE) and problem solving selfefficacy (PSSE), we also explored the mediation mechanism underlying this relationship from the internal functioning process of CDSE (i.e., the GPSE–PSSE–life satisfaction and IGSE–PSSE–life satisfaction relationships). We then investigated the moderating role of person–environment (P–E) fit in the mediated CDSE–life satisfaction relationship. Data were collected from 786 university students. Results showed that all three dimensions of CDSE were positively related to life satisfaction. The internal process view was supported, for PSSE was found to mediate the relationships of life satisfaction with GPSE and IGSE, respectively. Additionally, P–E fit moderated the relationship between PSSE and life satisfaction. Further examinations also found a significant moderating role of P–E fit in the indirect relationships of life satisfaction with GPSE and IGSE via PSSE.
Notes In press
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-015-1201-5
Field of Research 1503 Business and Management
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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