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Engagement in adolescent career preparation: Social support, personality and the development of choice decidedness and congruence

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posted on 2022-10-24, 01:24 authored by Andreas HirschiAndreas Hirschi, S G Niles, P Akos
This longitudinal panel study investigated predictors and outcomes of active engagement in career preparation among 349 Swiss adolescents from the beginning to the end of eighth grade. Latent variable structural equation modeling was applied. The results showed that engagement in terms of self- and environmental-exploration and active career planning related positively to interindividual increases in career decidedness and choice congruence. More perceived social support, early goal decidedness, and particular personality traits predicted more engagement. Support and personality impacted outcomes only mediated through engagement. Early decidedness and congruence were significant predictors of their respective later levels. Implications for practice are presented. © 2009 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.

History

Journal

Journal of Adolescence

Volume

34

Pagination

173 - 182

ISSN

0140-1971

eISSN

1095-9254